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  • Published: Newark, Delaware : Plenary Pubslishing, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Description: 306 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780982777947
  • 0982777949

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Act of grace

by Simpson, Karen.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Traverwood Adult

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Won me over

Y'know, as I started reading this book I was thinking I would give it 3 stars... pretty much entirely because it has got a paranormal premise (Grace talks to and acts on behalf of "the ancestors"), and that is so COMPLETELY not "my thing." But I kept reading because Simpson is a local Michigan author, and because my favorite local indie bookstore recommended it, and because the writing was good.

And the author won me over. Paranormal still isn't my thing, but this book used that idea as a tool to talk about forgiveness, hope, community race relations, love, parent-child relationships, and much much more. Let me tell you, Simpson does that incredibly well. She handles difficult topic after difficult topic with grace (no pun intended) and honesty. There are scenes and ideas that I just can't shake, even after setting this novel down.

Very well done (and *especially* for a first novel!), and worth adding to your reading list.

Very Touching

This book is a great discussion of race and racial tensions. Do not be put off by the African shamanic element of the book. It is a beautiful story, based on the true story of a college student in Ann Arbor in the '90's who shielded a white supremacist from the crowd's blows, injuring herself instead.

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