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Author: Jenny Wingfield
ISBN13: 978-0007355020
Title: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (July 1, 2011)

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

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This is a beautifully written debut novel. Ms. Wingfield is also a screenwriter and this would make a great film so I’ll keep watching for that!The title character is a very committed young preacher who loses his job and the only option is to move his wife and their three children to her family’s farm in Arkansas. The Moses’ farm is no longer a farm, but has been turned into a general store and an all night bar. The novel.

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Jenny Wingfield's debut novel The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is a real gem ! Set in rural south Arkansas in the 1950s this story is about the Moses family and when good and evil cross paths and its consequences, but above all else it is about the love courage and struggle of a family and rural live. I loved the title of this Novel and was intrigued to see where this story was going and Jenny Winfield’s tale really flows from the opening line. I really love a novel with a good opening line) If I could ask the Jenny Wingfield one question, it would be, why the odd character names? They didn't take away from the story, but with each new character introduced, I did a double-take; really? That's their name?

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by Wingfield, Jenny, 1945-. Publication date 2011. Topics Teenage boys, Brothers and sisters. Publisher New York : Dial Press. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Jenny Wingfield has given us a spectacular novel 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 touches on many genres-family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. People Who Read The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

A bewitching debut novel in the vein of the much-loved classic Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. It's 1956 and Samuel Lake, a handsome preacher, is voted out of his ministry by yet another congregation, disappointed by his relentless pleas for them to live more charitable lives. Out of options and out of pocket, Samuel and his family are forced to move in with their Arkansas in-laws, the rambunctious Moses clan. At first they thrive in the unruly sea of relatives - Willa, Samuel's wife, runs the bar for Grandma Calla, while the boys, Noble and Bienville, run riot through the surrounding countryside. But when Swan, their formidable but loveable 11-year-old tomboy, crosses the path of neighbour Raz Ballenger, things take a turn for the worse. Raz Ballenger, horse trainer, is a man who rules both his family and his animals through terror. Used to instant obedience, he is insulted when Swan leaps to his son defence, an act that sets a whole chain of unexpected and terrible even
Reviews: 7
It's hard for me to decide whether I liked this book or not. On the one hand, yes, the characters are well-drawn, and the plot moves along at a fast, straight-forward clip, and the language is evocative. I think the problem is the voice--there's a stark contrast between the warm, cozy feel of much of the story, and the really brutal harshness of some of what happens in the story. If I compare it to The Secret Life of Bees, wherein there's a warmth and gentleness and humor to the story despite some pretty terrible events, this still feels a lot more jarring. It's almost as if you were reading along in To Kill a Mockingbird, and then suddenly there was a lurid description of a lynching, complete with an up-close description of a castration.

I am also a little unsure how to take the theme of the story--it seems to grapple with theodicy, why does God allow evil, especially evil perpetrated against children and even animals. But what is the resolution? is it that despite not having an answer, we should go on trusting in miracles and in love? Probably, and probably the point is that the pastor Dad embodies God's love in a way--but what are we to make of his action at the end? And are we to take Toy's action as Christ, taking the punishment that rightly belongs to us sinners?

I think the story probably does mean that, and that makes the whole thing even more jarring, because it is put into such a golden-hued setting, with a voice that uses devices such as capital letters to give a jocular tone: when The Bad Thing happened, she wanted to be Ready. (not a quote, just an approximation.)

I'm not sorry I read it, but if you have a hard time hearing about animal abuse or child abuse or spouse abuse, please beware.
O.K., so I thought this was, (overall) a good book; The most positive aspect was the writing- Jenny Wingfield writes like a lot of southerners speak, and I loved it. She had the old time sayings down perfectly, and her characters were really well done...except maybe Berniece. It was hard to imagine her being so gorgeous and all, what with her being such a dolt. IMO.

Now, the negative- Yeah, we got that Das was a miserable SOB, but all the animal cruelty was overdone- The author didn't need to go there so often. I almost stopped reading it midway through because of it. It colored the feeling of the book in places, taking away from the story.

Yes, the ending was a little pat- but good, strong. Made me wonder what became of the characters! I'd recommend it, but be forewarned if you're squeamish about animal cruelty.
Have you ever read a book that when you were reading it you couldn't get to the next page fast enough ? That was this book for me. I will admit that when I first started reading it I wasn't sure if I could keep reading it because of some of the content. The content being animal abuse and spouse/ child abuse. I am so glad that I decided to keep reading. I do agree with some of the comments that it does remind you of To Kill A Mockingbird in some ways but to me this book is more suspenseful and in some instances funny. From the title, I thought that the main character was going to be Samuel Lake but I think it was shared with his young daughter Swan. Samuel is a preacher who finds himself without a church and at this point in his life he and his family have to do whatever they can to make ends meet. The main source of their income ends up being a part of their homestead they open as a local bar !!!! Samuel is a loving husband and a father to 3 children, 2 boys and his daughter Swan. Without giving too much away, Swan befriends a young boy named Blade who has been singled out by his snake of a father to be his whipping post when he's not throwing his wife around. There are a lot of other characters that add to the "meat" of this story and I loved all of them, but Blade's father was the most evil of evils. ( I don't think I have ever read a book with a character that I hated as much as I hated this man .) Don't want to say too much more about the story because I don't want to reveal any spoilers. For me, the ending was bittersweet but I guess that was the way it had to be. I highly recommend this book. You will not want to put it down. .
I saw an endorsement from Fannie Flagg of Jenny Wingfield’s novel The Homecoming of Samuel Lake. That was all I needed to purchase the book. If Fannie liked it, I was certain I would. But knowing Fannie from her comedy and her comedic writings, I suppose I was expecting a humorous story. That is far from the truth. While there is whimsy in spots and humor does find its way in the pages, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is basically a sometimes harrowing tale of coming of age, learning to appreciate the good in people, and finding your way in the world. It is also a powerful tale of faith, for Samuel Lake, the preacher, is tested, and his faith becomes stronger even as he loses a church home in which to preach. He discovers that there are other ways, perhaps better ways, to spread the gospel than through words. Set in the late 1950s among folks who are pounding out a hard-scrabble life in Arkansas, this novel speaks to my need to understand the Southern roots from which I sprang. I grew up in Texas, in a city, but I found that the values of the people in Wingfield’s novel, as they lead their rural, Arkansan lives, are not much different than those I grew up with. In fact, I would venture to say that many people, from a myriad of backgrounds, will see themselves and their families in this book. If I had to quibble over something, I would say I was a bit disappointed over the resolution of the character Bernice’s storyline. I suppose the resolution fits the character, but I guess I wanted more detail, more to happen with her and to her. Other than that, this is a wonderful novel.