|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2012|
|Number of Pages:||289|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.05|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1|
It's a shock to everyone in Bass, TX, when wealthy Faith Bass Darling, a recluse for 20 years, throws open her doors and moves her antique furniture to the lawn. She tells Deputy John Jasper John son, a friend of her deceased son, that God had revealed to her that she would die on December 31, 1999, and that she should have a garage sale. As she divests herself of family heirlooms, a friend calls Faith's estranged daughter, Claudia.
Now, a mother and daughter face the same questions. What is the value of possessions when they alienate family and loved ones? What if our memories and our lives are based on misconceptions? Rutledge's novel asks her characters to rethink everything they believed was true in their lives.
Verdict: This solid debut is a fascinating character-driven story of misconceptions, family, and tragedy. Fortunately, Rutledge also alleviates the somber tone with moments of humor. Recommended for those who enjoy Southern fiction as well as book clubs and others who appreciate a story with multiple layers for discussion.
-Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest possessions? Becasue God told her to.
As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale--including Faith's lon-lost daughter--finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life's most imponderable questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?