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The Outcast: A Modern Retelling Of The Scarlet Letter (2013)

by Jolina Petersheim(Favorite Author)
3.97 of 5 Votes: 4
141437934X (ISBN13: 9781414379340)
Tyndale House Publishers
review 1: I found this audiobook after listening to The Midwife, and after having enjoyed The Midwife so much, I was excited to have another book by the same author. I was not disappointed, either. Knowing that it was a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter, some plot points were predictable, but others were not,which was good. There were some plot points which also reminded me of the Biblical story of Jacob,the most obvious of which being that the twins around whom the story centers are Rachel and Leah. I am anxious for a new book by this author!
review 2: Rachel Stoltzfus is an independent single woman, who is part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Tennessee. When she begins to show signs of her pregnancy, she refuses to name the father. Her brother-in-law, husba
... morend of her sister has recently become the new Bishop of the community and forces her to leave. Part of the story is told by the old Bishop, Amos King, who has died. That bothered me from the aspect of reality. I don't know what the Mennonites believe about their deceased, but I didn't like these interventions. I enjoyed the audio version except for the thick brogue of the old Bishop. Maybe that's why it bothered me so much. Regardless, it is an interesting read to learn about they way of life in the community and realize that they all have their secrets and human foibles, as do we. less
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Local Nashville author AND a really good read!
Kind of slow and long, but a good retelling.
Interesting perspective
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