The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Jennifer Estep has been free many times over the past few years, and is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 37 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/jip6T4into your computer’s web browser.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Quirk abounds in this tale of two sisters, Agnes and Griselda Sparrow. The titular Agnes forswears leaving home when she tips the scale at 600 pounds, and stays put and prays. When what seem to be miracles—healings from serious illnesses—occur, the residents of the small Pennsylvania town of Bright’s Pond naturally attribute them to Agnes. Agnes’s putative power attracts a stranger in need of an unstated miracle, and the plot thickens from there. To pull off such a quirky novel, the characters need to be vividly etched, the writing consistently clever and the plotting persuasive on its own terms. Magnin partly succeeds: she meets the clever quotient, but on the whole the book is uneven. Some of the explanations that account for characters’ decisions aren’t persuasive; some dark plot twists threaten to overwhelm the quirkiness; and the pacing of the first half of the book is slow. Still, Magnin will please those who like their faith fiction with a twist, even if not everything served at the town’s Full Moon Cafe can be swallowed.
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