The Pilgrim by Hugh Nissenson

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Charles Wentworth, a heartbroken Puritan, comes to the New World from England in 1622 in search of salvation and a new beginning. Burdened with a lifelong struggle between his desire for faith and his doubts about God's love for him, he leaves the only land he has ever known after the death of his fiancée, in hopes of being freed of the temptations that torment him.

A new masterpiece from National Book Award and Pen/Faulkner Award finalist Hugh Nissenson, The Pilgrim explores the foundation myths of America, a country settled by people intoxicated by the pursuit of God and yearning for redemption and freedom.


About Hugh Nissenson

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Hugh Nissenson is the author of eight books, including The Days of Awe. His novel The Tree of Life was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN-Faulkner Award in 1985. He lives in New York City.
Published November 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 365 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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And while the young protagonist earnestly seeks salvation, his all-too-human failings—such as when he and the pretty Abigail Winslow flirt on the Sabbath—make him as sympathetic as any young striver since Holden Caulfield.

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Charles Wentworth is born into a life of piety in England near the turn of the 17th century, but suffers a crisis of faith from earliest childhood, feeling that he can never live up to his father’s Puritan standards.

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The Washington Post

When Charles is 7 years old, his father, a respected minister, challenges the boy outside their church door: “How will you know you are saved?” “Sir, I know not how I should come by such knowledge,” the boy replies.

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Bookmarks Magazine

History, politics, faith, and daily life all come together in a strong story."
– Library Journal

Praise for High Nissenson's The Days of Awe:

"I just finished The Days of Awe.

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