Ann Holmes seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. A sixteen-year-old runaway, she is an itinerant mushroom picker who lives in a tent. Her past has been tough. Then one November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her. Is this delusion, a product of her occasional drug use, or a true calling to God? Gradually word spreads, and thousands converge upon the already troubled town. For Tom Cross, an embittered logger who's been out of work since his son was paralysed in a terrible accident, the possibility that Ann's visions are real offers a last chance for him and his son. The new priest, Father Collins searches both his own soul and Ann's, smart-talking, fellow mushroomer Carolyn struggles with her less than admirable intentions, and Tom alternates between despair and hope; Our Lady of the Forest combines suspense, grit and humour in a story of faith at a contemporary crossroad.
'One of the most exciting and thoughtful novels I've read this year ... a wonderful novel' Daily Mail 'Another virtuoso performance from David Guterson ... Gripping ... It balances the tension between belief and despair without ever losing its sense of mystery' Los Angeles Times Book Review 'Guterson has worked up a flawless prose style ... His books have such exquisite evocations of landscape that his local tourist office should be paying him top dollar' The Times 'A story as dark and claustrophobic as the forest in the title ... intriguing, it will keep you guessing until the very end' Marie Claire