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03:42 pm: Publisher's Weekly review
Here's Publisher's Weekly beautiful review of Spider in a Tree.

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"We tend to use the word “puritan” as a stand-in for prudery, small-mindedness, and backbiting, forgetting that the actual Puritans were fallible people trying to live up to extraordinarily high moral standards while knowing that God was everywhere—in the wind and the leaves and the merest insects—august, confusing, beautiful, and terrifying. In her fictional portrait of Jonathan Edwards, the most famous Puritan preacher and theologian, along with his wife and children, neighbors and slaves, Stinson restores personhood and complexity to figures who have shriveled into caricature."

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From:fflo
Date:August 21st, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
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Wow. Very nice. Congrats on the fine review, and on the interest it will likely stir. I'll get on our library to buy a copy; they're pretty responsive. :)
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From:susanstinson
Date:August 21st, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks! And yay about the library! I appreciate that.
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From:bounce_n_jiggle
Date:August 21st, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Lovely!
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From:susanstinson
Date:August 21st, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! A librarian showed me toward a copy of PW that had finally gotten to her after a bunch of other librarians had read it and crossed their names off a list, so I think it's a pretty big deal in the world of people who regularly order books for libraries and bookstores.
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From:gordonzola
Date:August 21st, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
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awesome!
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From:susanstinson
Date:August 22nd, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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