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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345410416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345410412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Agatha McGee, a tower of strength as Miles Pruitt's surrogate mother/landlady in Staggerford, takes the spotlight here. I like this old lady. How can anyone not like this feisty, intelligent, honorable, quick witted, reactionary-but-progressive, hot-tempered, indignant, pragmatic, nurturing old lady? This novel, like it's sequel Dear James, is very warm. There are certain writers that you can depend on to make you relax and smile. Jon Hassler, like Lee Smith, Ellen Gilchrist and Richard Russo, seems to be a writer that is completely in love with and charmed by his own characters. He's kind to them and it's a warmth that extends itself to the reader. I can't help but wish Agatha McGee had been my sixth grade teacher and taught me the Catechism. This is especially weird when you consider the fact that I'm Jewish and pretty much believe in secular education. I guess I must really like her a lot. When you feel like you hate everyone and you'd like to just grab a gun and blow people away, pick up this book instead and save yourself some prison time.

- S. Gutierrez, Assistant editor

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"Hassler's characters have old-fashioned values and typical human failings; they make this a novel to restore your faith in humanity."
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Agatha McGee is following a dream, though it might be late in the game. She's just retired from a career of teaching and travels to Ireland in search of the romance she never had time for. And along the way, she not only discovers people she would never have let herself know before, but learns through experience, at long last, that love is unpredictable, unstoppable, and never appears as we dream it will.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
Agatha is a wonderful character and Jon Hassler is one of our best novelists. His books are highly readable while being intelligent at the same time. You will feel like you made the journey to Ireland with her, but I preferred the parts set in the U.S. This book is not two-dimensional like the Mitford novel that I attempted to read and could get only halfway through. There is humor, excellent characterization, natural dialogue, and believable behavior. All of Jon Hassler's books are excellent, but the books which feature Agatha are his best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite Hassler book. It is an excellent story with interesting characters that keep you entertained throughout the book. This book followed by Dear James makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
There is something of the feeling of the Mitford books in this pleasant tale of an elderly Catholic woman from a small Minnesota town. The characters are quirky but real, with unexpected but believable humanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. Robertson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
A friend recommended that I read Jon Hassler, and it isn't very often that I find an author whose work just blows me away. A Green Journey, my first Hassler book, ranks up there as one of my new favorites.

Hassler is a wonderful observer of small-town America, and A Green Journey begins in Staggerford, Minnesota. Agatha McGee, a 68 year-old parochial school teacher, anchors this novel. This no-nonsense, orthodox spinster is as feisty as she is inflexible. "Every time Rome announced some new accommodation to a century that was already two thirds gone, Agatha felt betrayed. Her heart had already been broken countless times since Vatican II, for it was not too much to say that Agatha loved the Church of her girlhood above everything else in the world." Yet, Agatha could be full of surprises--as when she takes in the pregnant teenager and former student, Janet Raft. Raft is a "hardscrabble" motherless girl from a poor farming family, but McGee sees promise in this bright teen.
Unfortunately, McGee's world is threatened when her diocese is assigned a new bishop, Dick Baker. Bishop Baker is set upon making many changes to the traditions McGee holds dear. The two quickly become adversaries.

The diocese sponsors a trip to Ireland, and McGee and Baker sign on with ulterior motives. McGee has an Irish pen-pal, Jim O'Hannon. She senses that O'Hannon might be her last chance for romance. Baker is looking for Irish priests to move to Minnesota, but in reality, he is trying to befriend McGee and convince her to take on a new job. Raft is also on the trip. The journey was supposed to be her honeymoon, but her husband backs out. These three make an unlikely trio, and there are some major disappointments for all of them.
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By Carolyn R. White on December 13, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book at my book club meetings. The price was amazing also. Such a fun, fun story.
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