Gathering Home (Contemporary American Fiction)

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9780140127096: Gathering Home (Contemporary American Fiction)

Covington beautifully evokes the ambience of the South in this novel about a family from Birmingham, Alabama. When her adoptive father decides to run for Congress, Witney Gaines is propelled to search for her birth parents.

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Vicki Marsh Covington is the author of four novels, Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women. Most recently, she is coauthor of Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage, a memoir written with her husband, writer Dennis Covington. The Covingtons live in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

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Eschewing anger, hostility and resentment, Covington writes a thoroughly credible, appealing story of an adopted teenager's coming to terms with her birth and adoptive parents. Whitney Gaines's adoptive father Cal is a liberal-minded minister in Birmingham, Ala., whose particular mission is the Sanctuary movement. Cal and his wife Mary Ellen are modern believers who have adapted their '60s idealism to the demands of the next decades. Always open with Whitney about her adoption, they are encouraging when she tells them she'd like to investigate the circumstances of her birth. Just as Cal decides to run for a Congressional seat the following year, Whitney begins to correspond with Sam, her birth father, a cartoonist who lives with his lover Aaron in New York; her birth mother doesn't answer her letters. During the year of the campaign, Whitney grows close to Cal's campaign manager, Nat; she also writes to Sam's mother Eva, who is overjoyed to discover that she has a grandchild. Finally Whitney invites Sam and Aaron to visit Cal's church in November, before going with them to Selma to meet Eva. In the course of this quiet, compelling story, Whitney finds there is room in her heart for both her families. With Nat she learns that she might experience love as an adult, and from her birth mother she learns she will not be overwhelmed by rejection. Subtle and affirming, Covington's first novel is filled with memorable characters who make ordinary goodness seem both accessi ble and desirable.
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