- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Osmyrrah Publishing (September 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963888048
- ISBN-13: 978-0963888044
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,350,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book of Mercy Paperback – September 9, 2011
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"If you are a book lover, you will love this book!" -- Faith Sullivan, author of Gardenias, The Cape Ann, and The Empress of One.
"It's going to make you think. And laugh. And get angry. And maybe even cry a little." -- For Books' Sake
"The book takes more than a cursory look at book banning and presents compelling characters with arguments on both sides of the issue. . . . the glimpse into the individual motivations and group dynamics of people we can all identify with brings a richness to the story." -- Book Pleasures
"Book of Mercy is a truly beautiful, heart-warming novel on book censorship, the nature of love, motherhood and friendship. I loved this book from the first page to the end, which had me in tears of joy . . . The ending is perfect and the writing exquisite." -- Tahlia Newland, Awesome Indies
From the Author
I wrote this novel on book banning after a book, The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes, was challenged in my daughter's high school in North Carolina. After public meetings and a review committee assessment, the award-winning Gringo was returned to the shelves. But not before a beloved teacher resigned in protest. This is an issue I can't seem to let go. I continue to write about censorship in my blog.
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I connected with this book on many levels. As a reader, I am aware of and abhor the often-successful campaigns to ban books, and have seen the desecration of library books. I have also studied and worked in the field of adult illiteracy and know that the adult illiterate often goes to great lengths to hide his or her illiteracy because the illiterate is often considered stupid rather than handicapped. The inability to read is highly stressful and frustrating in today's world. Antigone vents this frustration by driving hard and fast with the wind in her hair and the car radio blaring, much to the distress of her husband and friends.
The author weaves some very serious topics into an interesting tale peopled with quirky, lovable characters, and a few equally quirky, unlovable characters. The book is well written, well edited, and very entertaining.
The reviews I've seen are right - there is absolutely nothing funny about censorship. There's also nothing funny about bullying (on any level - adult, child, physical, or emotional). There is something special about a woman who is willing to overcome her physical handicaps to care for others, grow a town, and set a stunning example for the way human beings should act - with compassion.
Book of Mercy is funny, well-written, and insightful. Read it!
The main Character Antigone suffers from severe Dyslexia, but she was also brought up by book lovers who instilled a love for books in her despite her frustrations with reading. She, Antigone is also a collector of strays whether they are animal or human and because of this we have a wonderful eclectic group of people, to read about.
The story takes place in a small town in North Carolina, where certain members of a book group want to ban certain books from there school library.
The author said that while she was writing the book, it lost its fire for awhile until her daughter came home from High School one day saying that they, the school was banning books, and the embers for her story were re-ignited, and what a fun and complex story she tells.
It tackles everything from censorship to family values, to what is important in life. A great read.
A dyslexic, pregnant woman takes issue. She wants her baby to be able to read any books that she as its mother, deems suitable. She does not want a committee telling her what's appropriate. For her baby. Or for her, hard as it is for her to decipher words.
This isn't a ponderous tome moaning about the evils of censorship. It treats a touchy subject with a light hand and puts us in the heads of our heroine as well as the woman proposing the book banning.
While I suspect it won't change anyone's mind (pro or con) about censorship, it's an easy, understandable read.