Debut on the Faber list by the author of the international best-seller Shotgun Lovesongs
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‘This is storytelling at its finest.’ USA Today
‘Heart-stoppingly good.’ Willy Vlautin
‘Subtle and heartfelt . . . Wonderful.’ Big Issue
‘A heart-wrenching look at family and the American mid-west.’ Stylist
Lyle and his wife, Peg, are living a mostly contented life in rural Wisconsin. Their daughter, Shiloh, after some troubled years has finally come home, with their five-year-old grandson, Isaac. But while away, Shiloh became deeply involved with the pastor of an extremist church in a nearby town, who is convinced that Isaac has the ability to heal the sick. Struggling with his own faith, and with his growing hostility towards the pastor, Lyle faces the very real threat of losing his daughter and beloved grandson once again.
Set in Butler’s home state of Wisconsin, Little Faith takes place over the space of a year, moving at the gentle pace as it basks in the grounded pleasures of the small town. Although it leaves much unresolved, it’s a novel about faith and family which holds to the view that the quiet moments can be the most important.
A lovely novel set in rural Wisconsin where a quiet, kindly way of life is under threat, with family shops disappearing, young people moving away and the local church emptying.
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