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The Beauty of Ordinary Things

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"A beautiful étude of humanity. Harriet Scott Chessman succeeds in writing a song of the soul in The Beauty of Ordinary Things. … Her writing is like poetry spoken in real, soft voices. It would be hard to close this book and not feel changed."—ForeWord Magazine

"This quietly meditative novel touched me deeply, just as the three main characters' lives touch each other in profound ways."—Staff Pick at Grass Roots Books, Corvallis OR  

“Elegantly crafted … I was fully immersed … and read [it] in one sitting.” —NewPages  

"Deep as a prayer...This book speaks softly, but oh how it lingers in the mind."
—DEBRA DEAN, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

"The Beauty of Ordinary Things is a soulful, tender, affecting novel, with complex, searching, sympathetic characters whose situations and plights one deeply cares about. Harriet Scott Chessman has written another wonderful book!"—RON HANSEN, author of Mariette in Ecstasy and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion
"This beautiful short novel is populated by characters who are connected to each other by filaments of memory, regret and yearning. Each strand is lovely on its own, and the whole is captivating, radiant, mysterious, and deeply moving. I loved it."—ANN PACKER, author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Swim Back to Me
“Filled with precise, loving observations of human nature, The Beauty of Ordinary Things is a slender, wise triumph of a novel, exquisitely distilled. Read this book; it will open your heart.”—MICHELLE RICHMOND, bestselling author of The Year of Fog

From the acclaimed author of the #1 Indie Next Pick Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper and the Good Morning America Book Club Selection and San Francisco Chronicle Top Pick Someone Not Really Her Mother comes a powerful new story about our yearning for wholeness and the enduring weight of our briefest encounters.

Back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Benny Finn, eldest son in a large Irish-American family, strives to find his bearings amid the everyday life of 1973 New England. At a Benedictine abbey in rural New Hampshire, Sister Clare, a young novice, confronts the day-to-day realities of a cloistered existence. Linking these two is Isabel Howell, a college student soon to discover that she must chart the course of her own life in a way she could not have imagined.

Deeply felt, often luminously moving, The Beauty of Ordinary Things carries forward the promise of Harriet Scott Chessman's earlier work, revealing a writer richly aware of the range of human tragedy and tenderness.

ISBN: 978-0-9893023-1-9
144 pages
5.5x8.5 trade paperback