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Title:
Still life
Author:
Parrish, Christa.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Ada escaped her family's self-enclosed world to elope with a mysterious stranger. Five months later, she's a widow ina strange new world. Ada was born into a fringe religious sect named for her father, The Prophet. But her lifelong habit of absolute obedience was shattered when she fled the family compound to elope with photographer Julian Goetz. Katherine Walker's marriage was a sham. She and Will rarely spoke without yelling -- and never touched. Her affair brings her both escape and guilt. When a tragic plane crash takes Julian from Ada and exacerbates Katherine's sense of shame, both women become desperately unsure of where they belong in the world -- until the devotion of an artistic young boy conspires to bring them together. From award-winning novelist Christa Parrish, Still Life is a cunningly complex work that captures themes of abusive religion, supernatural love, and merciful escape. It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt called to a drastic change -- or tried to hear the small whisper of God's voice"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401689032
Format :
Book

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Ada escaped her family's self-enclosed world to elope with a mysterious stranger. Five months later, she's a widow in a strange new world.

Ada was born into a fringe religious sect named for her father, The Prophet. But her lifelong habit of absolute obedience was shattered when she fled the family compound to elope with photographer Julian Goetz.

Katherine Walker's marriage was a sham. She and Will rarely spoke without yelling--and never touched. Her affair brings her both escape and guilt.

When a tragic plane crash takes Julian from Ada and exacerbates Katherine's sense of shame, both women become desperately unsure of where they belong in the world--until the devotion of an artistic young boy conspires to bring them together.

From award-winning novelist Christa Parrish, Still Life is a cunningly complex work that captures themes of abusive religion, supernatural love, and merciful escape. It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt called to a drastic change--or tried to hear the small whisper of God's voice.


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Booklist Review

Parrish (Stones for Bread, 2013) creates a window onto what we keep hidden: secrets of shame, ambition, fear, and hope; secrets that ripple out and affect those around us in ways we remain unaware of. A plane crash is the catalyst for revelations and changes in the lives of Parrish's characters that they never could have imagined. Ada Goetz, a newlywed rescued from a religious cult by her photographer husband, finds herself unsure how to navigate the modern world after his death in the crash. To find closure, she seeks out the subjects of his portraits and hears the stories of how they met and how their lives changed. Ultimately, she feels as though she knows her husband more fully now than she did when he was alive. Katherine Walker has a very different experience when the crash cracks open the facade concealing the deception simmering deep within her family. Will they ever be whole again? Parrish's inspirational novel is a must-read for anyone moved by the power of human emotion and redemption.--Richard, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Born into a fringe cult, Ada grew up with a twisted view of God, religion, and herself. It wasn't until she met and eloped with photographer Julian Goetz that Ada realized how different life could be if one believed in a gracious God. Karen Walker exists in a loveless marriage and finds physical fulfillment outside of it. Her life collides with Ada's on the day of a tragic plane crash that kills Julian, with the ramifications rippling forward in a tension-building crescendo of lies and secrets. VERDICT With its well-drawn, realistic characters and eloquent but tough prose, this is a haunting examination of life in all its gritty and painful moments. Parrish is the winner of the 2009 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year Watch Over Me. Readers who like spare fiction about loss, love, and redemption will appreciate Parrish's novel. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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