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Leaving North Haven : a novel
Lindvall, Michael L., 1947-
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New York : Crossroad Pub., [2002]

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251 pages ; 19 cm
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"A Crossroad Carlisle Book."

"The further adventures of a small-town pastor."
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Like its predecessor, Good News from Haven , Leaving North Haven is a collection of related stories following one year in the life of the wise and understanding pastor of a small Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Battles. The books are set in the fictional town of North Haven, Minnesota.

North Haven is a place that has seen better days and Battles is torn by his love for the rhythms and folkways of the tiny village and his longing for a more glamorous assignment. Fans of Good News from North Haven will be pleased to encounter many of the same characters in the sequel, though the two can be read independently. In Leaving North Haven, Lindvall's storytelling is keener than ever, weaving emotion and compassion with gentle humor.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From the bestselling author of The Good News from North Haven comes this second installment of short fictional essays, a thinly disguised roman clef about Lindvall's own experiences as a Presbyterian pastor in smalltown Minnesota as told through the fictional Rev. David Battles. Readers will find it helpful to be familiar with the first book (previously published by S&S), although it's not essential, as Lindvall usually recaps the necessary information. Many of the same characters are included - the indomitable Angus and Minnie MacDowell, the quirky Wilcox brothers and James Cory, a newborn in the first book, now an active seven-year-old. Lindvall's writing is a cross-pollination of two chroniclers of smalltown life, Quaker author Philip Gulley and Garrison Keillor, and although he doesn't succeed quite as well as either, his voice is pleasant, and several of the essays are lovely. Some of his imagery is both original and poetic ("Holy Week had blown up from the south, warm and wet, noisy and full of promises"), but the quality of the essays is uneven. The chapter conclusions too often hammer home the intended message, a style which conservative evangelical readers might appreciate, but which will leave general readers longing for a subtler touch. While Lindvall's entry into the CBA market may be hampered by some lightweight profanities, these will likely endear him to others looking for a realistic portrayal. Doubtless, this enjoyable book will find a home with readers who cherish tales of smalltown life as seen through a spiritual lens. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved