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Gracious Plenty

(1997)
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In the lush and isolated cemetery of a small Southern town, Finch Nobles, the narrator of this brilliantly inventive novel, tends to the flowers and shrubs that surround the monuments of people who were not known to her while they lived but who in death have become her lifeline.

Badly burned in a household accident when she was just four, Finch grows into a courageous and feisty loner. She eschews the pity and awkward stares of the people of her hometown and discovers that if she listens closely enough, she can hear the voices of those who have gone before. Finally, when she speaks, they answer back, telling their stories in a remarkable chorus of regrets, explanations, and insights. But the infant Marcus, son of the town's mayor, died before he learned to speak and can only wail away the hours. The roots of his anguish are revealed in a crescendo of lasting resonance that ties together the outcast Finch, her dead friends, and the living community outside the cemetery's gates.

With prose that is spare, yet richly poetic, Sheri Reynolds creates a vision of a world that is at once fantastic and palpably real. She teaches us that neither our capacity to suffer nor our ability to be healed ends with the grave--and that love is all we have. A Gracious Plenty is a reading experience you will not soon forget.

"A triumph of story, voice, and character. The afflicted and unforgettable Finch, whose longings inspire in equal measure love and awe and pity, who seeks to understand the difference between the kind of suffering brought upon us and the kind we bring upon ourselves, defies mortality. Stunning and authentic . . . this is a beautiful book."
--Janet Peery, author of The River Beyond the World

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 1-63026-264-1 / 978-1-63026-264-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turner
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October 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: A Gracious Plenty: A Novel
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 1-4395-5813-2 / 978-1-4395-5813-3 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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April 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7540-3591-3 / 978-0-7540-3591-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-517-27861-8 / 978-0-517-27861-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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April 1998 : UK Hardback

Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7472-2212-6 / 978-0-7472-2212-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
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September 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty: A Novel
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-609-60225-X / 978-0-609-60225-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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September 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-609-00067-5 / 978-0-609-00067-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 1-61858-031-0 / 978-1-61858-031-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turner
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October 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gracious Plenty (Camden S.)
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7540-3592-1 / 978-0-7540-3592-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7472-6041-9 / 978-0-7472-6041-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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April 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7862-1683-2 / 978-0-7862-1683-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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March 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty: A Novel
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-609-80387-5 / 978-0-609-80387-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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April 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7472-7304-9 / 978-0-7472-7304-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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1601 : USA Paperback
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Title: Title: Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-9658410-8-1 / 978-0-9658410-8-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harmony Books
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Audio Editions

September 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Gracious Plenty
Author(s): Sheri Reynolds
ISBN: 0-375-40167-9 / 978-0-375-40167-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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