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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595545441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595545442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet. Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler. Facebook: Lisa-Samson Twitter: @lisasamson


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Lisa Samson was born in Baltimore, MD. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband Will. Lisa is the mother to three kids, has a cat named Miles, and three chickens: Violet, Camille, and Charlotte.

Lisa's been writing for almost two decades now and doesn't plan on quitting anytime soon. She also runs Luminary, a creative support service for novelists.

Grapefruit juice, potato chips, art, eating good food, watching AMC shows on Netflix, and good conversation with friends and family make her extremely happy. Tomato juice, blue tortilla chips, math, running, watching news tv, and silly conversations about whose kids are better . . . not so much. She loves to paint and read and watch good movies.

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The characters are well-developed.
Lisa Bryant
It is one of those books that makes you want to start back at the beginning and read it again.
Karen Anna
You will be inspired, you will cry, you will fall in love with the characters.
William D. Curnutt

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashlin on July 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Resurrection in May is a story of a girl named May Seymour. After May graduates from college, she sets out on a journey that includes, loss, new friends, old friends and a search for spiritual answers. In the midst of this, she ends up on the farm of an old man named Claudius who plays a crucial part in the healing that must take place in her life. Through this journey, May encounters more than most people could imagine, but this journey transforms her life beyond what she could've ever expected.

When thinking about my feelings toward this book, there are several emotions that begin to well up inside of me. First, I would have to say that this book brought forth a lot of depression and I never necessarily got much redemptive joy from it. From the title we can gather that this is supposed to be a story of resurrection, but I never felt like things really came back to life FULLY. I can't honestly say that this was a story that inspired or built my faith. In some ways it sent me into a quiet sadness filled with anything but joy. While the story had heart warming characters full of love and charm, they could not compensate for the utter sense of loss that overpowers you while you are reading and even when you finish. On a positive note, the writer's details and descriptions are exceptional and as far as her style of writing, I liked it very much. Sadly, this is probably not a book I would recommend to anyone. I like to finish a book with some sense of hope and joy, something that makes me look forward to life and this book did not give me that at all.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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May Seymore is a young college age girl who just wants to have fun. She was raised Catholic and believes that she is a good Christian. But as most college students she has a bit of a rebel streak and wants to enjoy the parties that happen in school. After her graduation celebration Claudius Borne finds her lying along the side of the road in a drunken stupor. We really don't know how she got there, but we do discover that Claudius has a heart for helping those who are in pain.

He takes May to his home and let's her sleep. The next day he gives her a ride home. Claudius is old enough to be her grandfather and doesn't understand the ways of today's young people. But his care and love seem genuine to May and she is grateful for his help.

May leaves for Rwanda where she is going to help a local priest with his ministry to a small village. May falls in love with Father Isaac and the work that he is doing. She also falls in love with the people of the village, as well as starting to understand God in a new way. Unfortunately she is there in when the Hutu's and Tutsi's have their major civil war. May is urged by the UN forces to leave the village, but she chooses to stay. She is the only survivor in the village when everyone is killed by roving bands of para military forces. They leave her for dead, but she isn't.

After spending three months in hiding with no one to help her the civil war ends and the UN comes back and rescues her. May returns to the U.S. with major psychological issues from seeing all her friends slaughtered. She is struggling to integrate back into society. She is struggling to understand God and why He would allow something like this to happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LMS on February 1, 2011
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I have read a couple of Lisa Sampson's books, and find them interesting. But I have to say, out of all of her work that I've read, this book is my personal favorite.

This novel tells the story of a young woman named May. At the beginning of the novel, she is a selfish party girl who likes to drink. In fact, that is how she first meets Claudius. He finds her staggering drunk on the side of the room. He takes her to his house and nurses her back to health.

Then for selfish reasons, she decides to take a trip to Rwanda. There, she witnesses the true horrors of the genocide and finds her life forever turned upside down. May is left with permanent physical, emotional, and spiritual scars. She feels lost. But once again, Claudius opens up his home to her. Claudius loves her unconditionally and treats her like his daughter.

After returning from Rwanda, May begins a metamorphasis. The life she knew before is gone, and so is the person she used to be. It's not always easy, and she has a lot to deal with. But slowly, she begins to put her life together, even though it's not necessarily the life she wanted.

This is a deeply moving novel that touches the reader deeply. The characters are believable. It is easy to care about them.

This book deals with a lot of heavy issues including rape, the Rwandan Genocide, and capital punishment. But it does so in a way that is hopeful and yet realistic. I highly recommend this novel to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chel Micheline TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 5, 2013
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"Resurrection in May" is sort of two books in one in that it goes from sharp to sweet- basically it's about a young woman named May Seymour who travels to Rwanda, and has experiences there that leave her with incredibly deep emotional wounds. To her rescue is Claudius Borne, an older gentlemen who has helped May out before. May secludes herself at Claudius' farm and begins to rebuild her life.

This book was difficult for me. There's a lot in it about redemption, but there are a lot of dark experiences in the book as well as disappointment which brings up tremendously dark emotions. I sometimes feel like books can emotionally manipulate readers almost *too* much to evoke a response. I can't decide if "Resurrection in May" is one of those books, but it wasn't a happy time.
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