Jamesland by Michelle Huneven

By Michelle Huneven

Jamesland, the buoyant moment novel by way of Michelle Huneven, seriously acclaimed writer of Round Rock, is a witty, refined, and deeply humane comedy of not likely redemption.

When thirty-three-year-old Alice Black discovers a deer in her eating room after battling along with her boyfriend, she wonders if she's going loopy. Pete Ross, forty-six, is aware he's loopy. He's wrecked his marriage, slashed his wrists, and performed time in a psychiatric establishment, and now he's being cared for through his mom, who's a nun. Forty-five-year-old Helen Harland, a lively Unitarian Universalist minister, is being pushed loopy via her opposed church management. dwelling in Los Feliz, California, the 3 meet at Helen's Wednesday midweek companies. even though at first incompatible, the sheer strength of Helen's idiosyncratic ministering (her "variety express of spiritual experience")—paired with Alice's illustrious ancestor William James—proves to be a catalyst for friendship and one of those transcendence. beneficiant and compassionate, Michelle Huneven provides a pleased new novel approximately love, religion, and some wayward souls looking ahead to existence to start.

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Annabelle appreciated the loyalty. ” The door opened and Heidi walked in. She saw them and waved. Heidi hurried over. “Shane said yes. He’s going to teach you to do the horse dance. Well, ride a horse. ” “Probably better to sneak up on him with that one,” Charlie said. ” Heidi grinned. “He’s a successful horse guy. He’s not going to be into the dancing thing. ” This was what she loved, Annabelle thought happily. Her friends and, for the most part, her life. She had a great job in a town she adored.

As she spoke, she shifted, holding out one gorgeous leg to show him the four-inch heel on her sandal. He supposed she’d done it to make a point about her height. All he could think was that she was small enough and light enough that supporting her weight would be easy. The image of them up against a wall, her legs around his waist as they… He closed his fists against the visual, reminded himself that his mother knew he was meeting with Annabelle and thought about horse racing stats. When that didn’t help, he worked a couple of fractions in his head.

He managed a smile. “I work with what I’ve got. ” “Hardly. Although I would have loved to be a ballerina. Anyway, I need to ride because I’m raising money for a bookmobile. We just finished up the new media center the first part of this year. ” He nodded. “I wish.

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