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The Resource Night of miracles : a novel, Elizabeth Berg

Night of miracles : a novel, Elizabeth Berg

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Night of miracles : a novel
Title
Night of miracles
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a novel
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Elizabeth Berg
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eng
Summary
"Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she's hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn't know how to bake, but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community--just when they need it the most"--
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  • Mason, Missouri, is a small town, and that’s exactly what the residents like about it. The regulars at Polly’s Henhouse don’t need menus, Tiny Dawson’s taxi business keeps him abreast of all the best gossip, and Lucille Howard’s baking classes double as social hours. When Abby and Jason Summers, Mason’s newest arrivals, find out that Abby has acute myelogenous leukemia, the town bands together to support their family. Though she’s getting on in years, Lucille takes the Summers’ son, Lincoln, under her wing. Lucille’s been pretty set in her ways, but a new perspective on the difficulties facing the Summers family forces her to rethink her own challenges. Berg brings back many of the characters first introduced in The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017), though new readers won’t be lost. Berg is a master of the ensemble cast, twining character arcs together, teasing knots apart, and tying the entire plot together beautifully. This will delight and inspire fans of Anna Quindlen and Amy Bloom and anyone who’s ever imagined living in Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. -- Stephanie Turza (Reviewed 9/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 1, p44)
  • /*Hall of Fame selection*/ An equally delightful follow-up to The Story of Arthur Truluv. A heartwarming tale of life in a small town with an ensemble cast of likeable characters. -- Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT. (LibraryReads, November 2018)
  • Mason, Mo., is the enchanting setting for a series of small but life-changing events in Berg’s winning novel (following The Story of Arthur Truluv). Lucille Howard teaches a baking class out of her home, filling some of her days now that her friend Arthur has passed away. Maddy and Nola, Arthur’s “adopted” daughter and granddaughter, often stop by, dotting the days with brief visits that bring back fond memories. Other characters in the ensemble cast include Iris Winters, new in town and still trying to move on from her divorce; Abby Summers, whose recent cancer diagnosis is challenging for her as well as for her husband, Jason, and their son, Lincoln; and Tiny Dawson, who can’t stop going to the local diner but also can’t find the courage to ask out waitress Monica Mayhew—who in turn can’t stop wishing he would. The story’s center, however, is Lucille, who doles out companionship to the friends and acquaintances who come and go through her kitchen. The language is smooth and the story moves along at a comfortable pace to a fitting, albeit easy, ending. This pleasant novel highlights the joys that can come from the little things in life. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/10/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 37, p)
  • Familiar to fans of best-selling/Oprah Pick author Berg's The Story of Arthur Truluv, Lucille Howard is enjoying her waning years by giving baking classes. She's also reaching out by hiring a new resident as her assistant and helping the folks next door with their son. Warm and satisfying as Lucille's cookies. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 11, p54)
  • Berg's sequel to TheStory of Arthur Truluv (2017) checks in with Arthur's friends, neighbors, and beneficiaries. When the saintly Arthur Moses, dubbed "Truluv" by his de facto ward, Maddy, dies, he leaves behind a legacy of kindness. Maddy inherited Arthur's Mason, Missouri, home, now occupied rent-free by Lucille, his elderly former neighbor. Lucille is the central figure of this installment, although, judging from her dream visitations by the angel of death, it won't be long before she follows Arthur and her own late beloved, Frank, into the afterlife. For the nonce, however, Lucille's baking talent has led to a popular class hosted in her kitchen, and her cakes are hotly sought after by Polly's Henhouse, a local diner. The Henhouse is the site of one major subplot: Iris, a well-off resale maven from Boston, notices that Monica, a waitress, and Tiny, a regular, appear to have a crush on each other but are each too shy to act. Iris and Lucille share a longing for the children each, for different reasons, never had. Iris' decision was compelled by her ex-husband, Ed, now remarried—with child!—whence her flight to a small town. Seeking distraction, Iris answers Lucille's call for an assistant. The deepest dives are into Lucille's sugar- and fat-laden creations—no diabetes fears here. Link, short for Lincoln, Lucille's neighbor, is raised by vegetarians and must be disabused of such scruples by Lucille, who babysits for him while his mother, Abby, receives treatment for leukemia. We long for more substance as Berg touches on, but does not really engage, topics like aging, mortality, and America's obsession with appearance. She never acknowledges the contradictions—or the opportunities—presented by Iris' strange compulsion to forgive Ed, Lucille's devil-may-care attitude toward buttercream, the weight issues Tiny and Monica share, and the fact that the person with the healthiest diet gets cancer. In this small town, truisms prevail over truth every time. Psychological realism sacrificed on the altar of niceness. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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Berg, Elizabeth
Index
no index present
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fiction
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Series statement
Mason novels
Series volume
0002
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  • Older women
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Families
  • Baking
  • Communities
  • Missouri
Target audience
general
Label
Night of miracles : a novel, Elizabeth Berg
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780525509509
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017056135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1015269817
Label
Night of miracles : a novel, Elizabeth Berg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780525509509
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017056135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1015269817

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