The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield
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“Raw, dark, and powerful . . . Southern Gothic at its best. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake puts one in mind of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at 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. 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 just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
With the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created an enduring work of fiction.
“Jenny Wingfield has given us a spectacular novel [that] will make you laugh out loud one minute, hold your breath the next, and weep when you least expect it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Folly Beach
“[This novel] touches on many genres—family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Wingfield hooks the reader with her opening sentence. . . . The reader is thoroughly caught up in the family saga.”—Abilene Reporter-News
“A lovely debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale.”—The Dallas Morning News
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About Jenny Wingfield

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Jenny Wingfield lives in Texas with her rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Her screenplay credits include The Man in the Moon and The Outsider. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is her first novel.
Published July 12, 2011 by Random House. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Soon she becomes the angel/idol of little Blade Ballenger, whose sadistic, perverted father Ras is the evil counterpoint to the two versions of saintly goodness exemplified by Samuel, rigidly devout but never rigid, and Toy, a gentle warrior who protects those he loves at any cost.

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Set in 1950s Arkansas, screenwriter Wingfield's restrained, sometimes dark debut novel tells the story of preacher Samuel Lake and his family and how they are all affected by their move back to his wife Willadee's hometown.

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USA Today

A sprawling farm in southern Arkansas is the setting for Wingfield's tale, a family farm where the Moses clan meets every year on the first Sunday in June, an annual reunion that never moves from that date.

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Dallas News

The book begins with the Moses family reunion, always the first Sunday in June at John and Calla Moses’ homestead in Columbia County, “down on the tail end of Arkansas, which looked just the same as north Louisiana.” Pastor Samuel Lake, married to the Moses’ daughter Willadee, never gets to stay ...

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The Roanoke Times

An uncertain horse was a horse that made mistakes.

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