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summary The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel characters ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Val Brelinski Val Brelinski ↠ 8 read E edge of the town There they prepare for the much awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck The Girl Who Slept with God is a literary achievement about a family’s desperate need for truth love purity and redempti. The Girl Who Slept with God is beautiful story about the uanbecks a Christian family torn apart when Grace the eldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico impregnated by an angel The father an astronomer at the local college decides the best thing to do is send 17 year old Grace and her 14 year old sister Jory to live alone on a farm with an elderly neighbor looking in on them while he stays at home with his youngest daughter and his tranuilizer taking wife to keep up appearances in their religious community The relationships between the characters are excellently portrayed particularly that of Grace and Jory theirs is a strong uniue and oftentimes conflicted bond Adding to this family drama is the time period the 70s the world outside the protected home of the uanbeck s which reaches the sisters in their secluded farmhouse I loved this book The characters with all of their flaws are all too human and Val Brelinski writes so beautifully you accept them

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summary The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel characters ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Val Brelinski Val Brelinski ↠ 8 read An entrancing debut about two sisters exiled by their parents when the eldest becomes pregnantSet in Arco Idaho in 1970 Val Brelinski’s powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters young Frances gregarious and strong willed Jory and moral minded Grace Their father Oren is a respected member of the community and sci. That striking title sets the scene for an out of the ordinary coming of age novel set in a fundamentalist Christian family in Arco Idaho in 1970 The uanbecks renounce dancing movies alcohol and everything else that represents regular teenage life for thirteen year old Jory She and her sisters are sheltered from the world within their church and Christian school That sense of being set apart only grows stronger when seventeen year old Grace comes back pregnant from a short mission trip to Mexico Grace swears it was an immaculate conception and she like Mary has been entrusted with carrying God s child Is she telling the truth is she repressing a traumatic event or is she mentally ill Val Brelinski keeps that uestion largely open throughout her strong debut novelGrace s actions will have a lasting effect on Jory The girls parents their father a Harvard educated astronomer and their mother a virtual shut in who relies on prescription anxiety pills decide that Grace will live away from them and the community and Jory will keep her company Dr uanbeck buys a small house next door to Hilda Kleinfelter and withdraws both girls from school so word can t get around Jory will attend secular Schism High where she gets an education in teenage socialization that includes the Homecoming dance liuor and an accidental LSD trip Hilda becomes a sort of surrogate grandmother to the girls and Grip a deadbeat ice cream van driver in his twenties is their new best friendBrelinski is sensitive to the ways in which religion and romantic infatuation influence her characters choices and even when things get a little bit uncomfortable like when Grip and Jory steal a kiss the plot feels true to life The choice of close third person narration from Jory s perspective rather than first person thankfully keeps the book from resembling a teen diary This is the best of both worlds we get Jory s thoughts but in sophisticated literary language The novel also blends biblical metaphors and Dr uanbeck s astronomical vocabulary to good effect as in this lovely passage near the endThe universe had opened up and revealed its own perfectly blank face to Jory s own returning her gaze with a flattened emptiness that stretched on and on and on a world so wide and featureless and open so dark and formless that light never pierced it no sun no moon no stars And it now seemed entirely possible that two girls could stumble mutely on across the face of it forever seeking a home and a resting place and finding noneIn a book full of memorable characters I found Grace and Dr uanbeck to be the most compelling ones mostly for how logic and superstition collide in their thinking Like the father in A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray one of my favorite novels from last year Dr uanbeck could almost seem like the villain here for the choices he imposes on his family but the picture of him is nuanced so that you can see how desperately he loves his family and wants to protect them from worldly painAlong with Issy Bradley set in Britain s Mormon community the novel reminded me most of We Sinners by Hanna Pylv inen another picture of family life under strict religious guidelines and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer a love story with astronomical overtones Much as I liked it I did think Brelinski s novel was about a uarter too long both the middle section where Jory is negotiating her newfound freedom and the d nouement felt drawn out It would be interesting to see Brelinski s talent for characterization and scene setting applied to short stories or a much shorter novel I also thought the initial decision to set the two girls up in their own home felt slightly far fetchedAll the same I appreciated this balanced picture of family life The uanbecks are never just oddities or your stereotypical dysfunctional family but as idealistic and messed up as all the rest of us As Mrs Kleinfelter puts it Most families are pretty much the same I think Good and bad mixed together in a small bag Or a small house I received early access to this book through the Penguin First to Read programOriginally published with images at my blog Bookish Beck Introduction biologique à la psychologie of three sisters young Frances gregarious and strong willed Jory and moral minded Grace Their father Oren is a respected member Mali pirat of the community and sci. 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summary The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel characters ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Val Brelinski Val Brelinski ↠ 8 read Ence professor at the local college Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with she believes the child of GodDistraught Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at th. Much has already been written about the plot and characters of this book a fundamentalist Christian family in 1970s IdahoDad is an astronomy professor at a small Christian college Mom withdraws to her bedroom to nurse her freuent headachesdepression Oldest daughter Grace is zealously pursuing a missionary calling while seeking to outdo her parents as a model Christian Middle daughter Jory turns 14 and finds herself forced into public school against her will but soon comes to like it Youngest daughter Frances just wants someone to pay attention to her Despite 17 year old Grace being the center of most of the drama the story is told from Jory s perspectiveGrace comes back from her mission trip to Mexico pregnant and sanctimoniously claims to be with child by the Holy Spirit The parents are so worried about what people will say that Grace and Jory are sent to live alone in a run down house on the outskirts of town Hence why Jory can no longer attend her Christian school and must switch to public school where no one will know who she is I was astounded that the parents were attuned to gossip mongers than the needs of their own children Someone should have called social services when those girls were sent into exileBut then much of this book hit a nerve with me I am all too familiar with the ultra conservative Christian enclave No dancing no rock music no pierced ears no pants just knee length culottes I sat in those mid week church services I recognized many of the characters I identified with much of Jory s confusion both the religious aspects as well as the plain old puberty part Even the descriptions of 1970s fashion stirred up dormant memories Spoiler alert There is an aspect of the ending that makes me wonder The title suggested it to me nevertheless I could be totally off base A repeated theme was that you can never truly know another person Grip the ice cream guy told Jory after Grace s suicide that their Dad hurt Grace The observation was also made by Jory or Grip or both that Dad was like a god within his family This made me wonder if Grace s pregnancy was the result of incest Grace never identified the father or even admitted to having sex Unlike Jory and Frances Grace did not share a bedroom with a sibling Mom was distant and off in her own world turning a blind eye denial to the affairs of the household Dad was worried about news of the pregnancy becoming public and also uite intent that the baby be put up for adoption In fact his insistence on this point was the last straw for Grace He even talked about what color the baby would be While a sign of racism it could also be anxiety that the baby might look like him Grace s need to be righteous than anyone else may be her way of compensating for repeated violations Her desire to go to the foreign mission field a way of escape that no one could argue against When Grace gave her mission trip report to the church it was Dad who pulled her off the stage when she started drifting into being the handmaid of the Lord Dad who constantly tried to control the details of each family member s life Then again perhaps I m needlessly making Dad into a villain maybe Grace was truly mentally ill and Dad simply didn t know how best to deal with her delusionsOverall it was a great book I was totally engrossed in it to the neglect of my other responsibilities The scenes and the characters continued to linger long in my mind after finishing PS I kept waiting for Dad to have a run in with Jory s Earth Sciences teacher The teacher said the earth was billions of years old I would expect Dad to hold to a young earth creationist view That clash didn t come Perhaps because Dad had weightier matters to deal with

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel
  • Val Brelinski
  • English
  • 12 April 2019
  • 9780525427421