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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake - A Novel

Jenny Wingfield

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at "the old home place," a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father's congregation; for Willadee it's a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John's untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel's parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee's outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan's undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father. With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one's own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic-and triumphant-aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction. From the Hardcover edition.

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at "the old home place," a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father's congregation; for Willadee it's a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John's untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel's parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee's outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan's undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father. With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one's own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic-and triumphant-aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction. From the Hardcover edition.
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Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at "the old home place," a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father's congregation; for Willadee it's a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John's untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel's parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee's outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan's undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father. With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one's own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic-and triumphant-aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Catherine Taber

Length:

10h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:45

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:10


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:04


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:31


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:21


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:54


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:20


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:54


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:19


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:32


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:20


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:44


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:55


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:14


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:51


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:01


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:16


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:04


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:28


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:53


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:39


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:07


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:47


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:37


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:39


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:20


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:46


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:16


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:21


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:41


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:41


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:00


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

00:30