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Our Lady of the Forest Guterson (''Snow Falling on Cedars'') is a meandering writer -- a trait that often works brilliantly. But his new novel begins with a surprising...Our Lady of the ForestFiction Guterson (''Snow Falling on Cedars'') is a meandering writer -- a trait that often works brilliantly. But his new novel begins with a surprising...2003-10-03
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Our Lady of the Forest

Genre: Fiction; Author: David Guterson

Guterson (”Snow Falling on Cedars”) is a meandering writer – a trait that often works brilliantly. But his new novel begins with a surprising dramatic bang: Ann Holmes, an itinerant mushroom picker in Oregon, has a vision of the Virgin Mary. Soon a cult forms around her, and we’re off and racing into ”Mariette in Ecstasy” land…or not. Alas, Guterson doesn’t have a racing bone in his body, with the exception of the sudden let’s-wrap-things-up ending. It’s the only jarring piece of an otherwise thoughtful, if occasionally plodding, rumination on faith and human frailty.

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