A Live Coal In The Sea by Madeleine L'engle

A Live Coal In The Sea

byMadeleine L'engle

Paperback | April 11, 1997

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Madeleine L'Engle's first adult novel in four years -- now in paperback! With 23,000 copies sold since May 1996, this "haunting domestic drama" (Publishers Weekly) examines the powers of faith and mercy in one family's confrontation with a legacy of evil.

Best known for A Wrinkle in Time -- the children's classic that has sold more than 2 million copies since 1962 -- Madeleine L'Engle is as adept at exploring faith and human experience as she is at spinning fascinating, fantastic tales. Now this masterful storyteller blends her two passions and offers an engrossing new story to delight her devoted audience.

When Dr. Camilla Dickinson's teenage granddaughter confronts her with the disquieting question of whether Camilla is, in fact, her grandmother, long-kept secrets rise to the surface to test the faith, love and loyalty of the Xanthakos family. This skillful, gripping tale shuttles between past and troubled present, providing clues to a multigenerational mystery -- clues that begin to focus on Camilla's son, the deeply troubled TV idol Artaxias, and on Camilla's mother, the irresistibly beautiful and adulterous Rose. Though riveting and psychologically complex, A Live Coal in the Sea is "infused with the warmth of love and mercy" (Booklist), showcasing the keen eye and deep compassion that have made L'Engle one of this century's premier writers on faith and its place in human experience.

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Madeline L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks."
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Title:A Live Coal In The SeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 11, 1997Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060652861

ISBN - 13:9780060652869

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When Dr. Camilla Dickinson's teenage granddaughter raises questions about her birth, long-kept secrets rise to the surface to test the faith, love, and loyalty of the Xanthakos family. This skillful, gripping tale shuttles between past and troubled present, providing clues to a multigenerational mystery. A riveting and psychologically complex story showcasing the keen eye and deep compassion that have made L'Engle one of this century's premier writers on faith and its place in human experience.

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"A complex, modern saga....infused with the warmth of love and mercy."--"Booklist"