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Overview A portrait of the mysteries and miracles of everyday life introduces the small North Carolina town of Mitford and its colorful inhabitants, including Tim, a bachelor rector, who is falling in love with his neighbor
Publishers Description The first novel in Jan Karon's bestselling and beloved Mitford series--now available in a new 20th Anniversary Edition, including an introductory letter by the author It's easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.
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Publishers Weekly - 12/11/1995
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Studio: Penguin Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.72" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1996
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 1
ISBN 014025448X ISBN13 9780140254488
Availability 34 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 21, 2016 07:55.
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More About Jan Karon
Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was just 10 years old, the same year she won a shirt-story contest organized by the local highschool.
Karon married as a teenager and hand a daughter, Candace. At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for a Charlotte, N.C. advertising agency. She advanced in the company after leaving samples of her writing on the desk of her boss, who eventually noticed her talent. Karon went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver, in Raleigh. Wile there she won the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award, with which the Magazine Publishers of America honor the year's best print campaign.
During her hears in advertising, Karon kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50 she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling - and failing - to get a novel underway, Karon awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious about him, and started writing. Soon, Karon was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, the The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. "It certainly worked for Mr. Dickens", says Karon.
The Father Tim stories became Karon's first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. The book has since been nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book Of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. The fourth Mitford novel, A New Song, won both the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd's Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Out to Canaan was the first Mitford novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list, subsequent novels have debuted on the New York Times list, often landing the #1 spot.
Karon says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family they can call their own.
Jan Karon currently resides in Blowing Rock, in the state of North Carolina. Jan Karon was born in 1937.
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Reviews - What do customers think about At Home In Mitford (20th Anniversary Edition) (Mit?
A Refreshing Change Jul 9, 2007
I loved this book, Mitford sounds like an ideal place to live in. This was a nice change from a lot of the depressing books I've been reading lately!
At Home in Mitford Jun 10, 2007
This series is a wonderful "good old days" step back in time. Small town pastor interacting with many diverse characters -- laughter, tears, joy and heartache, as well as a 60-year-old pastor falling in love for the first time. A terrific read!
Good series May 18, 2007
My Mom loved this series. She really enjoyed the book and thought it was humorous.
The Great Escape Apr 10, 2007
I can think of several reasons why I shouldn't give this book five stars. It's a bit too sweet and sentimental--perhaps more than a bit. It preaches Christianity at the reader, but it is not the Christianity of angry causes; rather it is a Christianity of the gentle sort Jesus preached on the mountain. The town is idyllic, for the most part. Having lived in small towns, I know for certain that life there is not always without thorns. Mitford has thorns, but they are blunted.
So why then did I like the book? Because it was a journey to a nicer world, not a perfect world but a nicer one. One needs that from time to time. It was the Andy Griffith Show, with a dash of Lum 'n Abner and the novels of Joseph Lincoln, had he been born in the South rather than Cape Cod.
There is no central plot. Rather there are a number of connected stories or incidents. There is no grand resolution. We leave Father Tim on a dreaded plane, about to go to Ireland for a vacation ordered by his bishop. The characters are quite good for the most part, although I think Dooley, the boy, is not very realistic. But it is the atmosphere of Mitford, North Carolina that kept me reading late at night.
I know I shouldn't have liked this so much, but I confess I did. The bad part is that I now own eight more in the series and will be obliged to read them as well.
A heart-warming, upbeat book you don't want to end! Mar 28, 2007
This book is delightful! It made me laugh, and it made me cry. The characters are memorable and realistic. Mitford is the quiet, picturesque place we'd all like to visit, and Jan Karon has given us a spiritual tonic and a wonderfully uplifting experience.