The bestselling author of "A Girl Named Zippy" offers a smart first novel that tells the story of a difficult courtship and the bittersweet wrestlings with grief and faith that surround it.
Using small-town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas, Haven Kimmel's irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith.
Langston Braverman returns to Haddington, Indiana (pop. 3,062) after walking out on an academic career that has equipped her for little but lording it over other people. Amos Townsend is trying to minister to a congregation that would prefer simple affirmations to his esoteric brand of theology.
What draws these difficult--if not impossible--people together are two wounded little girls who call themselves Immaculata and Epiphany. They are the daughters of Langston's childhood friend and the witnesses to her murder. And their need for love is so urgent that neither Langston nor Amos can resist it, though they do their best to resist each other.
Deftly walking the tightrope between tragedy and comedy, The Solace of Leaving Early is a joyous story about finding one's better self through accepting the shortcomings of others.
From the Circuit Rider
review: "What a delight it was to discover Haven Kimmel’s novel The Solace of Leaving Early
, which uses an eloquent and spell-binding story of death and life and love in small-town Indiana to explore a bigger picture of theological mysteries and philosophical illumination." (Click here to read the entire review.)