Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Wisconsin, part of an isolated religious community. The girls' lives are ruled by the rhythms of nature – the harsh winters, the hunting seasons, the harvesting of crops – and by their families' beliefs. Beneath the surface of this closed, frozen world, hidden dangers lurk.
The Ruth learns that Naomi harbours a terrible secret. She searched for solace in the mysteries of the natural world: broken fawns, migrating birds, and the strange fish deep beneath the ice. Can the girls' prayers for deliverance be answered?
Sufficient Grace is a story of lost of innocence and the unfailing bond between two young women. It is at once devastating and beautiful, and ultimately transcendent.
'Simply brilliant. Haunting, gritty and emotionally dark.' Jessica Au
'A novel of heart-rending beauty. Seldom have grace and nature, spirit and flesh, spoken to each other so wonderfully.' Michael McGirr
As disturbing as they are, there are stories that demand to be written. This is such a story, delivered by a writer of remarkable talent. Long after reading Sufficient Grace you will not forget it, and will be left with wanting more from Amy Espeseth.’
– Tony Birch
About the Author
Born in rural Wisconsin, Amy Espeseth lives in Melbourne, having immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. A writer, publisher and academic, she is the recipient of the 2007 Felix Meyer Scholarship in Literature, the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, the 2010 QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, and the 2012 CAL/Scribe Fiction Prize. Her fiction has appeared in various journals including Wet Ink, antithesis, and The Death Mook.
"Divine . . . exquisite. . . . "Sufficient Grace" is a mighty achievement and is among the year's must-read literary novels." --Conrad Walters, "Age"
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd August 2012
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.7 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 20.8
Edition Number: 1