Now that his daughter, Shiloh, has returned home, Lyle enjoys a satisfying rural retirement. He works some days in an orchard and spends the rest of his free time with his grandson. The only drawback is the questionable church Shiloh's now a part of and the tension her membership creates. Changing with the seasons, a novel conducted with this much empathy is a rare joy. Its hands are in the soil and its eyes are looking to the stars.
- Recommended by Donal Harding, Dubray Bray
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 five-year-old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But, while away, she became deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.
Reckoning with his own faith - or lack thereof - Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and the growing threat it poses to keeping his daughter and grandson in his life.
Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.