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The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel

Ence professor at the local college Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with she believes the child of GodDistraught Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at th. I loved this book and the people that live within it Brelinkski knows first hand about religious fervor and does a spectacular job relating how hard it is to fit in to the mainstream when your family s values are so narrow Having been raised this same way I easily related to Jory I WAS Jory in high school This is the type of book you can t wait to go back to and it s the perfect end of summer read that will have you spellbound The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, you can t wait to go back to and it s the perfect end of summer read that will have Hers to Protect you spellbound

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An entrancing debut about two sisters exiled by their parents when the eldest becomes pregnantSet in Arco Idaho in 1970 Val Brelinski’s 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 sci. That striking title sets the scene for an out of the ordinary coming of age novel set in a fundamentalist Christian family in Arco Idaho in 1970 The uanbecks renounce dancing movies alcohol and everything else that represents regular teenage life for thirteen year old Jory She and her sisters are sheltered from the world within their church and Christian school That sense of being set apart only grows stronger when seventeen year old Grace comes back pregnant from a short mission trip to Mexico Grace swears it was an immaculate conception and she like Mary has been entrusted with carrying God s child Is she telling the truth is she repressing a traumatic event or is she mentally ill Val Brelinski keeps that uestion largely open throughout her strong debut novelGrace s actions will have a lasting effect on Jory The girls parents their father a Harvard educated astronomer and their mother a virtual shut in who relies on prescription anxiety pills decide that Grace will live away from them and the community and Jory will keep her company Dr uanbeck buys a small house next door to Hilda Kleinfelter and withdraws both girls from school so word can t get around Jory will attend secular Schism High where she gets an education in teenage socialization that includes the Homecoming dance liuor and an accidental LSD trip Hilda becomes a sort of surrogate grandmother to the girls and Grip a deadbeat ice cream van driver in his twenties is their new best friendBrelinski is sensitive to the ways in which religion and romantic infatuation influence her characters choices and even when things get a little bit uncomfortable like when Grip and Jory steal a kiss the plot feels true to life The choice of close third person narration from Jory s perspective rather than first person thankfully keeps the book from resembling a teen diary This is the best of both worlds we get Jory s thoughts but in sophisticated literary language The novel also blends biblical metaphors and Dr uanbeck s astronomical vocabulary to good effect as in this lovely passage near the endThe universe had opened up and revealed its own perfectly blank face to Jory s own returning her gaze with a flattened emptiness that stretched on and on and on a world so wide and featureless and open so dark and formless that light never pierced it no sun no moon no stars And it now seemed entirely possible that two girls could stumble mutely on across the face of it forever seeking a home and a resting place and finding noneIn a book full of memorable characters I found Grace and Dr uanbeck to be the most compelling ones mostly for how logic and superstition collide in their thinking Like the father in A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray one of my favorite novels from last year Dr uanbeck could almost seem like the villain here for the choices he imposes on his family but the picture of him is nuanced so that you can see how desperately he loves his family and wants to protect them from worldly painAlong with Issy Bradley set in Britain s Mormon community the novel reminded me most of We Sinners by Hanna Pylv inen another picture of family life under strict religious guidelines and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer a love story with astronomical overtones Much as I liked it I did think Brelinski s novel was about a uarter too long both the middle section where Jory is negotiating her newfound freedom and the d nouement felt drawn out It would be interesting to see Brelinski s talent for characterization and scene setting applied to short stories or a much shorter novel I also thought the initial decision to set the two girls up in their own home felt slightly far fetchedAll the same I appreciated this balanced picture of family life The uanbecks are never just oddities or your stereotypical dysfunctional family but as idealistic and messed up as all the rest of us As Mrs Kleinfelter puts it Most families are pretty much the same I think Good and bad mixed together in a small bag Or a small house I received early access to this book through the Penguin First to Read programOriginally published with images at my blog Bookish Beck

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E 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 family’s desperate need for truth love purity and redempti. This is why i read Because sometimes some sweet delicious times a book like this falls in your lap and you never want it to end but you can t put it down because you are learning and loving it so that it ends the next day The folks on the plane think you re unhinged as you laugh out loud they turn the volume up on their tiny headsets hoping they re sending you a polite message but no ten pages later you re crying sobbing wiping your nose on your sleeve because you know that we know now what causes that disease and could have easily saved that childEvery character is believable and whole foolish selfish brave authentic I am going to stop now because everyone should read this especially parents and those who might want to parent I worry that Ms Brelinski s next novel might not be as perfect as this is her story Effectively she wrote what she knewExcept the perfume weren t our moms all wearing Chanel No 5

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel
  • Val Brelinski
  • English
  • 28 June 2018
  • 9780525427421

About the Author: Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa Idaho the daughter of devout evangelical Christians She is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing She received an MFA from the University of Virginia and her writing has been published in such magazines as VR and The Rumpus Fiction Confrontation and Green Mountains Review She received



10 thoughts on “The Girl Who Slept with God A Novel

  1. says:

    The story centers around a super religious family named the Duggarrs the uanbeck's The oldest daughter Grace ge

  2. says:

    35 starsI take exception to the part in the description of this book that calls this a seemingly perfect family This family seemed to me anything but perfect from page one I have recently read some books about dysfunctional families with uestionable parenting Among them The Children's Crusade and Everything I Never Told You This is right up

  3. says:

    That striking title sets the scene for an out of the ordinary coming of age novel set in a fundamentalist Christian family in Arco Idaho in 1970 The uanbecks renounce dancing movies alcohol and everything else that represents regular

  4. says:

    Much has already been written about the plot and characters of this book a fundamentalist Christian family in 1970s IdahoDad is an astronomy professor at a small Christian college; Mom withdraws to her bedroom to nurse her freuent headachesdepression Oldest daughter Grace is zealously pursuing a missionary calling while

  5. says:

    I loved this book and the people that live within it Brelinkski knows first hand about religious fervor and does a spectacular job relating how hard it is to fit in to the mainstream when your family's values are so narrow Having been raised this same way I easily related to Jory I WAS Jory in high school This is the type of book you can't wait to go back to and it's the perfect end of summer read that will have you s

  6. says:

    NOTE I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest reviewFirst the goodThis is an easy reading story with a likeable character There

  7. says:

    This is why i read Because sometimes some sweet delicious times a book like this falls in your lap and you never want it to end but you can’t put it down because you are learning and loving it so that it ends the next day The folks on the plane think you’re unhinged as you laugh out loud they turn the volume up on their tiny headsets hop

  8. says:

    The Girl Who Slept with God is beautiful story about the uanbecks a Christian family torn apart when Grace the eldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico impregnated by an “angel” The father an astronomer at the local college decides the best thing to do is send 17 year old Grace and her 14 year old sister Jory to live alone on a farm with an elderly neighbor looking in on them while he stays at home with his y

  9. says:

    I won this through the First Reads giveawayThis was a very good book better than I anticipated The characters ar

  10. says:

    Written with beautiful imagery this book is a haunting portrayal of one family's struggle with religion faith and tragedy

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