STRAIGHT UP

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Samson's exquisite prose raises the bar for Christian fiction. She avoids typical plot devices and forges ahead in innovative directions other authors would shy away from. Georgia's life and tragedy take readers beyond asking the questions of Christianity -- what if we could see God's plans for our future? -- and dares to pose an answer. Thought-provoking and intimate, this is a book to savor.

Georgia Bishop has a drinking problem. The daughter of a jazz legend, she inherited her mother's talent for piano playing. When Georgia's father dies, it sends her over the edge. She turns from her music, avoids her estranged husband, who wants to reconcile, and seeks comfort in alcohol.

Georgia's cousin Fairly is seeking answers to her own situation. When the two women move in with their uncle, they begin to see their lives more clearly. Their very different reactions to life's circumstances propel them toward serious changes and an examination of the grace of God. (WATERBROOK, Sep., 288 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel