Falling to Heaven: A Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 30, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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FALLING TO HEAVEN is the story of two American Quakers who trek into Tibet in 1954. In this work of historical fiction, Emma and Gerald Kittredge leave their secure Quaker community and travel to the Tibetan city of Shigatse where they soon find companionship with their neighbors, Dorje and Rinchen, and their small family. But the arrival of Maoist soldiers into their quiet life shatters everything. Gerald is captured by the soldiers, leaving a pregnant Emma facing an agonizing decision: flee Tibet or stay and risk imprisonment herself. Dorje and Rinchen are her only allies, but their lives are also thrown into turmoil when their son abandons the sanctuary of his monastery to fight in the resistance. Told in three distinct voices rich in their respective spiritual traditions, FALLING TO HEAVEN is ultimately a novel about faith: losing it and rediscovering it in places you'd never expect. FALLING TO HEAVEN conjures a panoramic tale that unfolds the mysteries of an ancient and peaceful way of life.

 

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Bring your tissues along when you read this powerfullly-written book, as Peterson digs deep within her characters for an emotional roller coaster ride you won't soon forget.
From heartbreak to hope
, each character is as unforgettable as the next--both disturbing and tender--reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver.
-Terri Eshilian Fleming-
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Part One
5
Part Two
69
Part Three
193
Epilogue
317
AUTHORS NOTE
325
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JEANNE M. PETERSON is a clinical psychologist who worked for years with survivors of torture and communist reeducation from all over Asia. In her free time she facilitates an advanced writing group for San Diego Writers Ink, where she lives with her two sons.

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