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Little Faith
Little Faith | Nickolas Butler
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In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, hes also uneasy: in Shilohs absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick. While reckoning with his own faithor lack thereofLyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the churchs radical belief system threatens Isaacs safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover. Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.
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phyhill
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I love how Nickolas Butler writes. His books have so much warmth. This one would make a great book club pick, if I was still in a book club.

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Kdgordon88 I loved this book. Hope you do,too. 1mo
Jerdencon @Kdgordon88 really enjoying this book about 2/3 done. Hoping to finish it today. 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Nickolas Butler is such a special author. I am a 100%, true blue city girl (like even the suburbs make me twitchy after a while) but he writes so beautifully about the Midwest that I find myself completely captivated by the story AND the setting. He is a master at writing truly lovely depictions of regular folks leading regular lives - novels for grownups, if you will. Loved it. 4⭐️.

Tamra I‘ve never read anything by Butler, stacked! 3mo
LeahBergen The burbs make me twitchy, too 😆 3mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 quite cheap on kindle! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Tamra His first (I believe) book is one of my favorites. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen I think it‘s the no driving thing. I feel trapped. And bored. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB 👍🏼 Good deal. 3mo
Crazeedi Not heard of him, but he sounds good! I'm checking this out! Thanks!! Btw, city's make me twitchy, lol. I guess its city mouse, country mouse!😉❤ 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Crazeedi 😂 Definitely! ☺️ 3mo
Christine ❤️ 3mo
JenReadsAlot I've met him a couple of times (Wisconsin girl here) and he is so great! 3mo
saresmoore I sold out and moved to the ‘burbs and while I can‘t pinpoint them as the source of my perpetual twitching, I will say they‘re great fodder for dystopian story ideas. 😆 I miss the anonymity of the city, but some days, I long for the solitude of rural living. All that rambling to say, Suburbia is Limbo and I want to read this book! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore The ironic thing is that we‘re total homebodies. We really SHOULD live in the middle of nowhere for as much introverting as we do. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
cathysaid Sounds a bit like Kent Haruf...who I love. 3mo
cathipink I'll be looking for his books - thanks for this review! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @cathysaid Kent Haruf is an author I‘ve always meant to read but haven‘t yet. Will rectify that. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Oooh I‘ll have to try him! I love good stories about regular people. 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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“Lyle often thought that the world, so loudly and violently governed by...”

YEP!

Cinfhen I love this author 🥰 3mo
saresmoore Well, that‘s lovely. 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Otis speaks the truth. Well, my truth.

vivastory Amen 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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It‘s too cold to do anything else.

Megabooks Exactly 👍🏻 4mo
ChasingOm Hooray for not having anything else you have to do! 4mo
Nute I saw the weather in your neck-of-the- woods on the news. Good gracious...stay safe! Yes, settle in for a good day of reading!🙂 4mo
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emilyhaldi Agreed!!! 🥶 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin You are not wrong! And it's only November.🥶 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still have on pjs!!! 🤣🤣 (edited) 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to put jeans on to take the dog but I switched back when I came home. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m not feeling good so I‘m just hanging at the house!! Give Pickles a kiss for me 🐶🐾💙 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I hate the cold 😭 — all for coziness 👍 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks I‘ll take the cold over our terrible summers any day as long as I can stay snuggled up. 3mo
LeahBergen It‘s friggin cold here, too. 😐 3mo
Reviewsbylola We got about two weeks of fall here. Wtf happened?! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola 🤷🏻‍♀️ Our temps dropped something like 30 degrees in 12 hours. Can I get a gradual cool down??? 3mo
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport for last week 1)Next Year in Havana was a well done audio book. Slow in a few spots but a good story and taught me so much about Cuban history. 3 1/2 🌟 2)Little Faith was so good. A story about a family and how loss can shake our faith. 4 🌟 3) Moloka‘i. I loved this book about the Leper colony on this Hawaiian island. 4 🌟 The books pictured are this week‘s #WeeklyForecast

@Cinfhen Shotgun Lovesongs in now on my tbr. 😀

Cinfhen I loved shotgun lovesongs 🎶💕👍🏽 Hope you love it too!! I suggested it to @BarbaraBB but she was only meh over it 😔 4mo
Cinfhen Are you doing the #LilliRead?? Im not sure how I feel about this book?? It‘s a little uneven for me 4mo
Kdgordon88 @Cinfhen I haven‘t started yet. I will as soon as I get off Litsy. 😁 I will let you know when I‘ve got the first section read. (edited) 4mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No, not meh, I did like it, but my expectations were too high I think! I hope you will enjoy it, @Kdgordon88 ! (edited) 4mo
Kdgordon88 @cinfhen #LilliRead. I have finished our first section and it is just meh so far. It is a flat narrative not evoking much emotion, but that could just be me. I will probably continue on at least through our next section. (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t started the new section of #LilliRead but I hope to later today. If it doesn‘t grab me I may put it aside. I‘ve got my eyes on other books!!!!! #BookNerdProblems 4mo
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BookishShelly
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The best book of the year IMO. The writing is high quality. The story is interesting. Bonus is that it takes place in Wisconsin. (I‘m a former Wisconsinite and most of my family is still there.)

LiteraryinLititz I have never heard of this author but your description and the other Litsy reviews make me want to give it a try! 6mo
BookNAround I haven‘t read this one yet but I loved his debut Shotgun Lovesongs and liked The Hearts of Men well enough so it‘s good to hear this one is a good read. 6mo
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Jas16
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Audiobooks are life savers during readathons and I was happy to have this one to listen to when I needed to be on the move. Litsy introduced me Nickolas Butler for which I am grateful This was the third book of his that I have read and I have not been disappointed yet. Faith, family, and friendship are all woven into this novel with sharply drawn characters. It took me a bit to get into it but I am glad I chose to listen to the audiobook. #24in48

JenReadsAlot He is such a great guy too!! 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Loved this one. The nature descriptions and lovable main character made for a winning combination for me. Faith, religion, familial relationships, and simple pleasures in life take center stage. I took this picture with one of my apple trees to represent Lyle's beloved Sourdough Orchard. 🌳 🍏 the #audiobook was excellent!! I recommend that format for a whole other dimension to the MC.

MicheleinPhilly I can‘t wait to read this one. He is consistently amazing. 8mo
Christine So good! And perfect photo. 🍏❤️ 8mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Read and enjoyed Shotgun Lovesongs by this author and I've heard good things about this one too. I'm listening to the #audiobook which is perfectly narrated to match the main character. #audiobook #readandlisten #libby

Jas16 I just checked this audiobook out from the library today. Glad you are liking it do far. 8mo
JenReadsAlot I haven't read this one yet but he is so great! 8mo
peaknit One of my favorite authors, I read it right away. It wasn‘t as good as Shotgun Love Songs for me, but I really enjoyed the characters. I‘m curious about the audio version🤔 8mo
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BarbaraBB I just got a copy of Shotgun Lovesongs. Thanks for the thumbs up! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked Shotgun Lovesongs. Look forward to your thoughts on this 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @jas16 at first I was put off by the narrator's deep voice but once I got used to the character I began enjoying it because it fits perfectly! Hope you enjoy 😊 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @peaknit this is only my second novel by him but I'm interested in reading his others! Thanks 😊 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed Lovesongs, that's why I snatched this one up! 8mo
Chelsea.Poole @erzascarletbookgasm so far this is very different in subject matter, but still the same feeling I had when reading Lovesongs, if that makes sense! This one is all about faith and family relationships so far. 😊 8mo
peaknit I liked the Hearts of Men, it was quintessential Midwest and the main characters were very likable. 8mo
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peaknit
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Nikolas Butler is a favorite and his latest book is cheap today! Can‘t beat the price.

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Christine
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I found this to be a moving family story and a quite believable portrayal of how some people might struggle with the roles of faith and organized religion in their lives. Sometimes the journey is deep and philosophical, other times urgent, emotional, and/or practical - and I think this book conveyed that really well. As he has in everything of his that I‘ve read, Nickolas Butler nailed his descriptions of Wisconsin‘s culture and natural setting.

Suet624 Your review and the beautiful cover of the book have me hooked. 10mo
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LWagoner
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This story “Little Faith” is about just that- Faith. It‘s about how our faith can ebb and flow, become great or sink to the depths. This story took me on an emotional roller coaster right along with the main character, Lyle. The ending will leave one pondering.

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Kshakal
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And he gave me book recommendations... we are basically besties now!!!

Bks4Wrms @peaknit is going to be so jealous!! 😉 11mo
peaknit @Bks4Wrms ack! Yes I am jealous:) I loved this author‘s book Peace like a River. I‘ll check this out, on Mr. Butler‘s recommendation 😊 thanks for sharing!! 11mo
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Kshakal
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I love how he signed my book...

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Kshakal
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So I went and saw Nicholas Butler speak about his new book and he was so sweet!!!

JenReadsAlot He's the best!! Right @peaknit 😊 11mo
rretzler Looks like a very friendly and down to earth type guy. 11mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot he is!!! And he shaved his beard off?! He is just so darned likable, like many of his characters. 11mo
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Kshakal
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Oh man, I really want to go to this!! Fingers crossed I can find someone to go with me! 🤞

JenReadsAlot If you weren't so far away it would be me! He's so great!! 11mo
Kshakal @JenReadsAlot darn distance!!!! 11mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It was good. It took me about 1/3 to get into it, then I thought it rambled again. The abrupt ending convinced me it was good but no more than a 3-⭐⭐⭐ read.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I opened this one today to find the timing was perfect to start reading it! Spring! 🌺🌷

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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail and a super fun coffee mug from a good friend!

MarriedtoMrT Great mug! 👍🏼❤️ 12mo
JenReadsAlot @BookNAround agreed! He is such an awesome guy too! 12mo
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peaknit
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Good mail day! ❤️ this local author.

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GregZimmerman
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Happy pub day to Nickolas Butler! LITTLE FAITH is great — another quintessentially Midwestern novel with Butler's signature warm, inviting, downright comforting storytelling.

More here: https://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.com/2019/03/little-faith-nickolas-butler-on....