Sunday, March 22, 2009

Heart of a Shepherd

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.


Kirkus Reviews said...

...At once a gripping coming-of-age novel and a celebration of rural life, quiet heroism and the strength that comes from spirituality, this first novel is an unassuming, transcendent joy.

Nan Hoekstra said...

Mrs. Ugarte leans forward, resting her elbows on her knees. The smoke from her cigarette rises in a thin curl. I can see her burn up close. It looks like dragon skin. "Don't confuse the right thing with the easy thing, Brother. Sometimes choosing what's right for you breaks your heart." She crushes out her cigarette on the step. Her hand retreats back up her sleeve and she gives a little shrug. "A person can live a little bit broken," she says. "Most of us do, I guess."/page 116-117