A Dark Oval Stone

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Paraclete Press, 2006 - Fiction - 277 pages
3 Reviews

Haunted by the death of her two brothers, and living under the shadow of her pious mother, Miriam Kovatch is thirtysomething, pregnant, and suddenly widowed. Her search for hope and purpose---from this startling new voice in literary fiction---is unforgettable. When her husband suddenly dies, Miriam Kovatch finds herself thrust into a journey of self-discovery, at odds with friends and family. Her search for meaning will take her to the brink of despair. With her temperamental cat and only a few belongings, Miriam finds refuge in a motel under the watchful eye of a caring stranger, who gives her hope, purpose, and a mysterious dark oval stone. In this poignant debut novel full of unforgetttable characters, Miriam begins the painful process of embracing a much fuller life, sustained by unexpected friendship and surprising grace.


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Not really a 4 star book but a book that I am glad I read. This was recommended by Heart and Mind books.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
20
Section 4
36
Section 5
51
Section 6
77
Section 7
100
Section 8
125
Section 10
156
Section 11
168
Section 12
182
Section 13
198
Section 14
213
Section 15
224
Section 16
234
Section 17
266

Section 9
146

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Marsena Konkle's lovingly detailed writing style and compassion for her characters allow her to gracefully tackle the difficult subjects of family, grief, and recovery. She skillfully wields language?authoritative, crisply understated, lyrical in its simplicity?to create a fictional world that is nuanced and entirely believable. Marsena has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College and lives in the Chicago area with her husband and great aunt.

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