A Song I Knew by Heart (Paperback)
During a cold Massachusetts winter, a tragic car accident leaves a mother childless and her daughter-in-law a widow. Naomi and Ruth are now each other’s only comfort. Naomi lost her own husband eight years ago, and now she has lost her son. Carrying a deep secret in her soul, Naomi decides to return to her childhood home in coastal South Carolina. When she tells Ruth her plan, she receives an unexpected reply: “Where you go, I will go.” So the two women plan the journey together, arriving at a place that is flooded with a love they are nearly too fragile to accept. Surrounded by the warmth of their newfound family, Naomi and Ruth begin to find themselves reawakened–and open to the possibility of redemption.
About the Author
Bret Lott is a native of Los Angeles, California. His parents were raised in Mississippi and East Texas and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1950s. It is this Southern heritage -- going all the way back to the War Between the States -- that Mr. Lott has drawn on in writing "Jewel." He is the author of five highly acclaimed novels, "The Man Who Owned Vermont, A Stranger's House, Jewel, Reed's Beach, " and "The Hunt Club, " as well as two collections of widely anthologized short stories, "A Dream of Old Leaves" and "How to Get Home, " and a memoir, "Fathers, Sons, and Brothers." He lives with his wife and two sons near Charleston, South Carolina, and teaches at the College of Charleston and Vermont College.
“An affecting novel about the slow workings of forgiveness and redemption.”
–MAUREEN CORRIGAN, National Public Radio
“Written in lyrical rhythms . . . an affecting hymn to family love and a mantra of empathy and forgiveness.”
“We can only admire the way Lott . . . creates and differentiates so many characters and sets them into action so naturally. . . . A chance to visit a country of grace where the twisted roads of American literature seldom lead us.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Lott uses lyrical, poetic language and addresses moral principles that force the reader to stop for self-reflection. . . . A moving story.”
“Vividly intense, intimately detailed . . . a memorable book.”
–The Sunday Oklahoman