Seventeen-year-old Will Mullet has had enough of his father Levi's disapproval. He flees in the night, leaving behind a pregnant girl. Will's bewildering leap into the world from the strict constraints of the Old Order Amish lands him in the middle of World War II, where he lies about his past in order to survive.

Accustomed to hard work, he makes a life after the war and starts a family of his own in the Deep South. But his roots stubbornly cling, pulling him back to Ohio to seek the impossible—his father's approval. His relentless and angry quest could destroy his marriage and alienate his sons. Will he realize that love is the proof of God and forgiveness is the proof of love?

Cramer's deeply flawed, utterly sympathetic characters resonate. His unique voice combines a stark yet poetic terseness with a poignant tenderness that can only emanate from the very source of grace. (Jun., 400 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson