Agnes Sparrow is too large (at over 600 pounds) to get around the town of Bright’s Pond any more, but she can still do one thing and do it well: pray. And when Agnes prays, miracles happen. The town is so in awe of Agnes that they decide to get a new sign for the highway: Welcome to Bright’s Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow. But why stop at a sign when they could build a statue?
It’s up to the story’s narrator, Agnes’s sister Griselda, to try to stop the people from spreading Agnes’s name even further, but they won’t be deterred.
When Hezekiah comes to town seeking his own miracle and ends up working for Agnes and Griselda to earn his board, secrets begin to be uncovered.
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is an odd book full of quirky characters with some of the weirdest names I’ve come across outside of speculative fiction. It’s a fairly slow moving novel but I still was curious what would happen as it went along. Besides, I’d heard a lot about the story and wanted to see for myself, and had enjoyed her other book, Charlotte Figg Takes over Paradise which I reviewed here.
Joyce Magnin is the critically acclaimed author of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the top five Christian titles of 2009 by Library Journal, and Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise. She’s written several short fiction and personal experience articles. She is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. Joyce leads a small fiction group called StoryCrafters. She enjoys baseball, football, cream soda, and needle arts but not elevators. She currently lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
I downloaded this book in June when the Kindle version was offered for free at Amazon.