Little Faith

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Faber & Faber, Jan 2, 2020 - Communities - 326 pages
Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and five-year-old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But, while away, she became deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick. Reckoning with his own faith - or lack thereof - Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and the growing threat it poses to keeping his daughter and grandson in his life. Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

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User Review  - judithrs - LibraryThing

Little Faith. Nicolas Butler. 2019. The author says this novel was based on true events that happened in Wisconsin. It is a sweet and sad little novel that that is very readable. I have never given ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - LibraryThing

Possibly 3.5 stars. I enjoyed Lyle's character immensely, but the story was just okay. Some readers found the abrupt ending bad, but I thought it was fitting. Most readers will enjoy this straightforward novel about faith and family. Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His award-winning debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was an international bestseller and has been optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures and his acclaimed second novel, Hearts of Men, was a finalist for the 2016 Prix Médicis Etrangere. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

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