Every Good and Perfect Gift by Brenda Jernigan
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In the tradition of Kaye Gibbons, Sheri Reynolds, and Dorothy Allison, Brenda Jernigan is an exciting and original Southern voice. This novel concerns a miraculous event -- with a contemporary spin -- that sets in motion a profoundly moving and often warmly human coming-of-age story. This is beautifully crafted writing, rich with unforgettable characters.

Every Good and Perfect Gift is set in a small town in North Carolina, a place that is comfortable with tradition, including the traditional image of God. On a sultry Sunday morning when ten-year-old Maggie Davidson swoons from the heat and sees God -- and God is a woman -- people are quick to ascribe her vision to the fantasies of an overheated girl. But when Maggie begins to demonstrate a gift of healing, people's attitudes change.
This is a story of a family of three strong women -- grandmother, mother, and daughter -- who live by the laws of love, loss, and pride. It is also the story of a community of good people gone wrong and bad people who find good in themselves. It is a knowingly detailed account of a particular part of America -- and of the wide landscape of human hearts and souls.

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Brenda Jernigan has perfect pitch and a wildly original mind. This novel is compelling -- a real page-turner!" -- Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies
Published May 22, 2001 by Harmony. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maggie lives on the family farm with her mother, Lily, who was abandoned years ago by Maggie’s sweet-talking, no-good father, and with Granny, who still farms the spread and keeps everyone in line with tough love and homespun wisdom (“You can think yourself right into a corner if you try hard eno...

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