âBrelinskiâs page-turning debut is full of humor, insight, and imaginative sympathy. Think of it as the annunciation of a new talent.âÂ âThe Wall Street Journal
âA revelation.âÂ âVanity Fair
â[Brelinski] had readers hooked from page 1.âÂ âElle
For Fans of Celeste NgâsÂ Everything I Never Told YouÂ and Meg WolitzerâsÂ The Interestings, an entrancing literary debut about religion, science, secrets, and the power and burden of family from recent Wallace Stegner Fellow Val Brelinski
Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinskiâs powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their motherâs depression and Graceâs religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers sheâs pregnant withâshe believesâthe child of God.
Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck.
The Girl Who Slept with God is a literary achievement about a familyâs desperate need for truth, love, purity, and redemption.
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