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The Prayers Of Agnes Sparrow (2009)

by Joyce Magnin(Favorite Author)
3.61 of 5 Votes: 1
1426701640 (ISBN13: 9781426701641)
Abingdon Press
Bright's Pond
review 1: The first 2/3 of the book about put me to sleep but I just kept reading.If you like the Mitford series by Jan Karon or the Miss Read series, the first part of this book will appeal to you from a very slow paced, nothing happening but a pleasant little town leads its pleasant little life. Throw in a bit of Flannery O'Connor in the last third of the book, it shakes you up a bit and there you have Prayers of Agnes Sparrow.The characters are more complex than I originally thought and for that Joyce Magnin kept my attention.Agnes is a selfish, self absorbed character who comes across as very 'nice' and Christian, and very devoted to praying for the town and for individuals. She, to me, is a real study in the passive aggressive sort of character. Her sister, Griselda, is a marty... morer in a bad way and all the while she thinks she's being a good Christian.I would recommend this book for its surprising character sketches, but a lot of the book is tediously plodding.
review 2: After reading my first Bright's Pond book, I knew I wanted to read the rest. The vivid characters in this little town work their way right into your heart (or in the case of one curmudgeon, right under your skin!). Agnes is housebound and spends her days praying for her friends and community. Her sister, Griselda, cares for her in their childhood home. Over the course of time, some of the people Agnes prays for become healed or have other positive answers to their prayers, leading many to believe she brings about miracles. Because of this, the notoriety that has spread beyond Bright's Pond brings a stranger to their midst, seeking prayer. When the unthinkable happens, the residents of this small town will need to decide whether to keep to themselves or pull together. less
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A different kind of book. Interesting. Not a book I would typically choose.
Brights Pond series is so good. I have enjoyed every book from this series.
This may very well be the oddest book I have ever read!
A little strange, but good.
Interesting characters.
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