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Little Faith

Nickolas Butler

Debut on the Faber list by the author of the international best-seller Shotgun Lovesongs

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From the celebrated author of Shotgun Lovesongs, ‘a heart-wrenching look at family and the American mid-west’ Stylist

‘With its focus on spirituality and reverence for the joys of everyday life, Little Faith calls to mind Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.The New York Times

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and five-year-old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But, while away, she became deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.

Reckoning with his own faith – or lack thereof – Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and the growing threat it poses to keeping his daughter and grandson in his life.

Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

Critic Reviews

With its focus on spirituality and reverence for the joys of everyday life, Little Faith calls to mind Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.

The New York Times
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Set in rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over a year, telling a story not just of people but of place ... This is storytelling at its finest.

USA Today
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A tender and perceptive novel ... Little Faith is Butler’s best so far, unafraid of sentiment yet free of the kitsch.

Wall Street Journal
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A heart-wrenching look at family and the American mid-west

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Subtle and heartfelt… with beautiful, rhythmic prose in a tale that tugs at the heartstrings without ever resorting to sentimentality. Wonderful.

Big Issue
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The novel’s considerable appeal lies mainly in Butler’s unashamed, touching and infectious fondness for Lyle and his vanishing way of life.

Daily Mail

Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His award-winning debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was an international bestseller and has been optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures and his acclaimed second novel, Hearts of Men, was a finalist for the 2016 Prix Médicis Etrangere. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin before attending the Iowa…

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