Ann Holmes seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. A sixteen-year-old
runaway, she is an itinerant mushroom picker who lives in a tent.
But on a November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington,
the Virgin Mary comes to her, clear as day.
Father Collins, a young priest new to North Fork, finds Ann disturbingly
alluring. But it is up to him to evaluate the veracity of Ann's
sightings: Are they delusions, or a true calling to God? As word
spreads and thousands, including the press, converge upon the town,
Carolyn Greer, a smart-talking fellow mushroomer, becomes Ann's
disciple of sorts, as well as her impromptu publicity manager. And
Tom Cross, an embittered logger who's been out of work since his
son was paralyzed in a terrible accident, finds in Ann's visions
a last chance for redemption for both himself and his son.
As Father Collins searches his own soul and Ann's,
as Carolyn struggles with her less than admirable intentions, as
Tom alternates between despair and hope, Our Lady of the Forest
tells a suspenseful, often wryly humorous, and deeply involving
story of faith at a contemporary crossroads.
©2003 David Guterson; (P)2003 Random House,
Inc., Random House Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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