(From the publisher):
Among the dense forests of Adirondack country in upstate New York, survival is a way of life. The inhabitants of these unblemished acres are hunters, fishermen, and loggers. They eat at one restaurant, drink at one tavern, and pray at one church. It is a community of men who eagerly await the first day of hunting season, and of women who dread the dangers of it.
The Hazen family embodies this frontier spirit. Gary and Susan, high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in Lost Lake, live a simple, honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite his efforts, Gary senses that his sons are starting to pull away and can't help but feel that he is at fault. His younger son, Kevin, has ambitions that extend far beyond the snowy edges of their small town. And his eldest, Gary David, so fears disappointing his father that he is keeping an important part of his life secret.
This is an account of the days in the lives of the Hazen family leading up to the annual opening of buck hunting season. It is a story about family, community, and the shared values that underlie and sustain human relationships. And ultimately, it is a tale of profound loss, human fallibility, and the love--romantic, neighborly, or familial--that can sometimes blur our line of vision.
Original title: The Grace That Keeps This World
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives