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Abby Quinn McDougall mourns the loss of her husband and wishes for a simpler, less burdened life, while her daughter, Neal Grace, struggles with her father's death, and her ailing mother, Edith, wishes for her life to come to an end.
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Penelope J. Stokes is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bottle Club, The Amethyst Heart, The Amber Photograph, The Treasure Box, The Wishing Jar and The Memory Book. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and was a college professor for 12 years before leaving the classroom to write full-time. Stokes resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at www.penelopejstokes.com.From Publishers Weekly:
Stokes has an unquenchable penchant for using the symbolism of objects as a springboard for her stories (The Memory Book; The Amber Photograph; The Treasure Box) and this novel predictably combines her distinctively good writing with a mostly recycled plot line involving time travel and women looking to the past for guidance. This contemporary tale, aimed loosely at evangelical Christian women, features 51-year-old widow Abby Quinn McDougall lamenting her life. She feels trapped between a surly teenage daughter, Neal Grace, and an aging live-in mother who requires her careful attention. On the family bookcase is an ivory porcelain "wishing jar," an heirloom that's purported to work its magic for those with deep yearnings. Abby, Neal Grace and Granny Q all long for change, and their wishes become the axis around which the story spins. The novel, in three parts, starts strongly, then slips into a time travel sequence that is fairly imaginative, but weakens the narrative and slows the pace. The multigenerational relationships of women are always good fodder for fiction, yet some of Stokes's plot elements (death by drunk driver, a hospital scene turning point and an unwed teen pregnancy) are hackneyed motifs in evangelical fiction. Stokes's established readers will feel a sense of d‚j... vu, though her prose is smooth as butter. One wonders what Stokes might be capable of should she stretch her wings and risk a little bit more.
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Book Description W. Publishing Group, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. New Condition, Hardcover Book, Seller Inventory # 1711290349
Book Description W Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, U. S. A., 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Printing. The Wishing Jar. It's a family heirloom, with a magical legend attached. But Abbey and Edith and Neal Grace know the Wishing Jar isn't really magic. But the Jar does wield some elusive force. It's red-and-gold phoenix is a symbol of survival - of life rising from the ashes. For nearly a hundred years, the Wishing Jar has been inexplicably linked to a lineage of strong Quinn women. The Wishing Jar does lead the elder Quinn on a journey somewhere between past and present - a journey that will alter the course of all their lives. 287 pages. 12mo - over 6Â¾" - 7Â¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 003193
Book Description W. Publishing Group, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110849917077