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In this hotly anticipated conclusion to his popular Invisible Life trilogy, E. Lynn Harris delivers a masterful tale that traces the evolving lives of his beloved characters Nicole Springer and Raymond Tyler, Jr., and reintroduces readers to their respective lovers, best friends, and potential enemies.  Abide with Me moves between the worlds of New York City, where Nicole has recently settled in order to pursue her dream of returning to the Broadway stage, and Seattle, where a late-night phone call from a U.S. Senator is about to change Raymond's life dramatically.  Relationships and ambitions are tested as Harris deftly guides us toward this entertaining novel's conclusion.Sexy and heartwarming in equal measure, Abide with Me will thrill new readers as well as fans already familiar with Harris's unique take on the universal themes of love, friendship, and family.  E. Lynn Harris has truly done it again.
Published: Random House Readers Circle an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jan 1, 2006
ISBN: 9780307831767
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One of the best books I read in 2007. A small-town Congregational minister in 1950s Maine deals with the death of his wife, who was not really a very good wife for a small-town minister, with his two daughters, and with his own crisis of faith. Inspiring without being sappy.read more
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I got through five chapters before the run-on sentences really got to me. Strout loves the use of punctuation, especially commas. Look at the first two paragraphs of page 16 for an example. Each long winded paragraph is made up of only two sentences. It was maddening to read!read more
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The day to day life of Tyler, a small town new england minister, and his parishoners. Grieving for his wife lost to cancer, Tyler and his daughter must find their equilibrium again. But the townspeople, unable to see his pain, begin to fill the mystery of Tyler's behavior through their own gossip. The characters were so vivid and human that I found myself hating them, talking back to the book, and arguing with them as though they were actually there, and then later, I found myself forgiving and loving them. Abide with Me is a loving portrait of humanity, where anyone, even those who seem to have fallen beyond are reach, can be redeemed.read more
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One of the best books I read in 2007. A small-town Congregational minister in 1950s Maine deals with the death of his wife, who was not really a very good wife for a small-town minister, with his two daughters, and with his own crisis of faith. Inspiring without being sappy.
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I got through five chapters before the run-on sentences really got to me. Strout loves the use of punctuation, especially commas. Look at the first two paragraphs of page 16 for an example. Each long winded paragraph is made up of only two sentences. It was maddening to read!
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The day to day life of Tyler, a small town new england minister, and his parishoners. Grieving for his wife lost to cancer, Tyler and his daughter must find their equilibrium again. But the townspeople, unable to see his pain, begin to fill the mystery of Tyler's behavior through their own gossip. The characters were so vivid and human that I found myself hating them, talking back to the book, and arguing with them as though they were actually there, and then later, I found myself forgiving and loving them. Abide with Me is a loving portrait of humanity, where anyone, even those who seem to have fallen beyond are reach, can be redeemed.
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Good points made about humility, grace, and our hidden thoughts. I thought there was too much description of the settings for each scene. It slowed down the story too much. I like books that are focused on the relationships more than the settings.
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I rated this book well because it grabbed me and shook me out of what I expected. I love it when a plot that I wouldn't expect to resonate with me does (in this case, I'm not very religious,so I wasn't sure what to think about a minister's story of duty & faith). I thought the ending was well-drawn and true to life -- I could see the characters behaving the way they did, based on how Strout had set them up.
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Abide with Me, like Strout's other two novels, is complex in nature, deeply provoking, and emotionally wrenching - and rendered in the most beautiful prose imaginable. There are pettiness, envy, jealousy, lust, sorrow, grief here, as well as an enviably articulate examination of questions of religious belief, compassion and love. Every major character is fully realized and compassionately drawn. There are no one-dimensional cardboard people here. Minister-protagonist Tyler Caskey and the parishioners of his small flock will stay with you for a long time after you put this book down. Perhaps one of the most compelling statements in this narrative comes late in the story, when one of Tyler's former teachers counsels him, saying: "No one, to my knowledge, has figured out the secret to love. We love imperfectly, Tyler. We all do. Even Jesus wrestled with that ... I suspect the most we can hope for, and it's no small hope, is that we never give up, that we never stop giving ourselves permission to try to love and receive love."Because Abide with Me is in the end, perhaps more than anything else, about love. I cannot emphasize enough that this is simply a beautiful novel. Beautiful.
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