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Overview In the small town of Mitford, rector Father Tim and his lovely wife Cynthia ponder their retirement plans, trying to raise their young charge, Dooley, and find Dooley's missing, abandoned siblings, while a brash mayoral candidate is calling for development and "progress"
Publishers Description The fourth novel in the beloved Mitford series, by the bestselling author of "At Home in Mitford" and "Somebody Safe with Somebody Good" Millions of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing. Meanwhile, ordinary people are leading the extraordinary lives that hundreds of thousands of readers have found so inviting and inspiring.
Peopled with the lovable cast of characters familiar to so many, and peppered with plenty of new and colorful personalities, "Out to Canaan" is filled to the brim with the mysteries and miracles that make everyday life worth living, and that make Mitford one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.78" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1998
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 4
ISBN 0140265686 ISBN13 9780140265682
Availability 0 units.
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Out To Canaan (Mitford Years V4)?
Out to Canaan Jan 28, 2007
This is a glorious book. Good clean reading for anyone. Wonderful story.
Jan Karon's books the best I've read Jan 9, 2007
Regardless of the type of reading you like to do, you can meet all of these things in one Jan Karon Mitford Series books. It is all around, down home, just like your home regardless of what it is like, and comforting to read. Exciting at times, yes, but so nicely done. I am so glad for the day I picked up that first book and now I have them all in the Mitford Series.
Rehabilitation of people from the creek over-simplified Sep 13, 2006
I LOVE the Mitford series and this one was especially good. If you want to know what's good about this book (and there is much that is good), read the reviews with 4 and 5 stars.
I hate to bring it up, but Ms. Karon is hopelessly naive in the unrealistic rehabilitation of so many people from the creek. For those of you who have not read any of the Mitford books yet, the creek in Mitford is a very poor area and many of the people living there are drug and alcohol addicted. Needless to say, abusive relationships abound there.
In the 4th book of this series, the author continues to rehabilitate people from the creek. For example, two older children from the creek have been taken in by local towns people. One by the main character (the Episcopal priest) and another by a doctor's wife. The author makes clear that these older children were both severely abused until their adoption and YET they seem to make the adjustment to foster home with little more than an occasional scuffle after school. Want to know what really happens to children who have been severely abused when they finally get put in a stable home? They have to go through extensive therapy and even then they often descend into promiscuity, drug abuse, and either become abusive themselves or become victims of abuse. Yes, these children can be saved but it is a long, hard effort and many children never fully recover.
In addition, Karon has several alcoholics now completely recovered and living productive lives in Mitford. How does this happen? It's not quite clear. They decide they don't want to drink any more and they just don't. No therapy and no AA. They become people that can handle money well, are well-adjusted, and are hard workers. Again, what really happens? Even people that successfully give up drugs or alcohol usually need some kind of support like AA for years. Further, just taking away the addiction does not reveal this butterfly in a person waiting to come out. No, there are usually deep-seated reasons as to why a person becomes addicted and they have to be dealt with. Many addicts come from very dysfunctional backgrounds. Recovery is a process and does not happen in days, nor weeks, nor months. It takes years.
If Jan Karon were writing realistically, Cynthia and Timothy would come home to their house one day to find Harley (the former alcoholic they had taken in as a border) drunk and passed out in their kitchen. The house would be a shambles with many articles stolen because he needed money to feed his addiction.
Unfortunately, there are several other examples in this book where Karon obviously, obviously does not understand people who are broken by abuse and addiction. Again, these people CAN be helped and saved, but it's a long, hard road.
Wonderful! Jul 21, 2006
Another wonderful book by Jan! As usual, I couldn't lay it down 'till I was finished. Wish she would continue the series.
Out to Canaan (The Mitfrod Years) Jul 1, 2006
I now have all the Mitford series.. I only needed three which I received from this site. Was VERY pleased with the delivery. Would definetly order books again. They were in very good shape,like new.. E. Brown