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The Mourners' Bench: A Novel epub ebook

by Susan Dodd

The Mourners' Bench: A Novel epub ebook

Author: Susan Dodd
Category: Literary
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Quill Edition edition (July 21, 1999)
Pages: 288 pages
ISBN: 0688169732
ISBN13: 978-0688169732
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 145
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Susan Dodd’s most popular book is The Mourners' Bench: A Novel. Showing 11 distinct works. The Mourners' Bench: A Novel by. Susan Dodd.

Written by. Manufacturer: Harper Perennial Release date: 21 July 1999 ISBN-10 : 0688169732 ISBN-13: 9780688169732.

Thirty-year-old Leandra leads a solitary existence on an island in North Carolina, earning a modest living by fixing broken dolls. But her quiet, isolated life takes an unexpected turn when her sister's husband, Wim, appears, a man she has not seen for ten years, since their urgent love affair ended in tragedy.

Mourner's Bench: A Novel. Sanderia Faye That would mean sitting on the mourner's bench come revival, waiting for her sign, and then testifying in front of the whole church. Book Description: At the First Baptist Church of Maeby, Arkansas, the sins of the child belonged to the parents until the child turned thirteen. That would mean sitting on the mourner's bench come revival, waiting for her sign, and then testifying in front of the whole church. But first, Sarah would need to navigate the growing tensions of small-town Arkansas in the 1960s.

The mourners' bench, also known as the mercy seat, in Methodist and other evangelical Christian Churches is a bench located in front of the chancel. The practice was instituted by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church

The mourners' bench, also known as the mercy seat, in Methodist and other evangelical Christian Churches is a bench located in front of the chancel. The practice was instituted by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church

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Luckily for Susan, and indeed for us all – for we have all been gainers from the spontaneous generation of "little theaters" all over . But Susan did not mention the fact that one of the four selected plays had been written by herself.

Luckily for Susan, and indeed for us all – for we have all been gainers from the spontaneous generation of "little theaters" all over America, a phenomenon at its height just previous to the war – one village enthusiast, Isidore Stalinski – by vocation an accompanist, by avocation a vorticist, by race and nature a publicist – had succeeded in mildly infecting Mona Leslie – who took everything.

The Mourner’s Bench Lyrics. I went to a meeting last night But, my heart wasn't right. Something got hold of me "Oh, yes it did!" I said Something got hold of me It rattled around my head. Early one morning On the mourner's bench My heart it was filled with misery (3x) The same God that touched you one day He laid his hand on me! More on Genius. The Mourner’s Bench" Track Info.

Thirty-year-old Leandra leads a solitary existence on an island in North Carolina, earning a modest living by fixing broken dolls. But her quiet, isolated life takes an unexpected turn when her sister's husband, Wim, appears, a man she has not seen for ten years, since their urgent love affair ended in tragedy. Wim, now dying of cancer, feels the need to see Leandra one last time.

In alternating, distinctly American voices -- one the twang of a New England Yankee, the other a gentle Southern drawl -- these two characters tell a wistful, wonderfully evoked story, from their first meeting, when Leandra was summoned to Boston to care for her pregnant, depressed sister, to the growing passion that led them beyond common sense and caution. As the narrative alternates between past and present, Leandra and Wim lay claim to the love they've denied themselves and each other.

With a sure sense of language and the kind of detail that rings with truth, Susan Dodd creates characters who will resonate in the reader's mind long after their tale reaches its inevitable end. Soft-spoken, sensitive, and deeply moving, The Mourners' Bench is literary fiction at its best, a powerfully eloquent novel of love, loss, regret, and rediscovery.


Reviews (7)
Wetiwavas
Overwritten dirge. Big downer. Suffocating prose and characters.

SARAND
Leandra lives a quiet life in North Carolina working as a doll repairer. This plays a symbolic importance in the book, as Leandra gives the dolls new lives with restores clothes and pieces. As the book begins her terminally ill brother-in-law, Wim, pays a visit to Leandra in the hopes of spending his last days with her, his long-time love.
Ten years earlier, a very young Leandra was summoned to Massachusetts to help care for her beautiful, difficult and distant sister Pamela, who had fled their country background and re-fashioned herself as the sophisticated wife of Wim, a college professor many years her senior.
Pamela was cold and often cruel to both her husband and sister, and bitter about her pregnancy. Leandra and Wim were drawn together in the face of Pamela's rejection of them, and as the pregnancy came to a tragic end, the young Leandra found herself preoccupied with Wim, who paced the floor outside her room each night. Soon, Pamela's behavior became more and more irrational and violent, and while Wim and Leandra were out one night, she ended her life. The chasm of grief and shock was too difficult for either Wim or Leandra to cross and they separated, until the time of the novel's opening.
The novel is told from both Wim and Leandra's point of view, with Wim's sophisticated and intellectual and Leandra's quiet, wise, and spiritual. Ultimately it is Wim's illness and death that heals both of them.
This is a beautifully rendered and deeply touching story.

cyrexoff
Susan Dodd will make your head spin with the two dissimilar voices she uses in The Mourner's Bench. One is a southern woman raised in modest circumstances; the other is a New England academic to the manor born. Past trauma drove William from Leandra, but now dying, he comes seeking her at her isolated cabin in North Carolina where she's a doll maker. Their reunion is awkward at first, but there's the delicious prospect that they might finally come to love each other at last.
More than the sum of its parts, The Mourner's Bench is a small book for women readers of all ages.

Hudora
I was drawn to this book because the character Leandra repairs old dolls and I'm interested in old dolls. The dolls serve as a metaphor for Leandra's repairing of her and Wim's bodies and souls. Rarely have I read such meaningful prose about compassion and love, all kinds of love, and dying, from the point of view of Wim, and of Leandra, his caregiver. Friend Branch is an unforgettable character.

ME
The characters in this novel seem to be lifeless, passive, sad, and somehow forever condemn themselves to a life without passion. How could they all live like this? The author's writing is exquisite. But the story is just too sad. I felt very depressed reading this book. I was hoping for at least a somewhat happy ending, but that too didn't happen! What wasted lives!

Sironynyr
The Mourners' Bench is a "must read" for anyone who has ever loved another, nursed someone who is dying or just wants to feel something good way down deep. The sad parts of the book are sad in a good way-the way that lets you feel how powerful love can be and how easily human kindness eases all passings.

Crazy
I read this as part of a book discussion group - we all agreed that the prose is very well written and seems to move you along effortlessly. We also agreed that the characters of Wim and Leandra are passive and passionless. The only character with passion is Pammy, who has a tragic ending. Not a sad book by any means, haunting but in a colorless way.

Susan Dodd's new novel is beautifully written. It reaches the heart and respects the intellect, something that most novels today do not do. She has mastered her art with a wonderful story.

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