The Land of Decoration

The Land of Decoration

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Ten-year-old Judith McPherson is a believer. Her world is carefully constructed around her faith: nightly scripture reading with her father, weekly gatherings at the Meeting Hall and daily proselytizing to the lost. With no TV and no books "of the world" to entertain her, she passes time by creating The Land of Decoration, a model in miniature of The Promised Land which she has made of collected discarded scraps--divine treasures that she squirrels away.

But Judith's troubles are mounting. At school, Neil Lewis's relentless terrorizing has reached a feverish, dangerous pitch and, in town, a strike threatens the factory where her father works. One Sunday night, terrified of the violence that awaits her in the halls on Monday, Judith conjures a snowstorm in The Land of Decoration made of shaving cream, cotton and cellophane. The next morning the ground outside her window is a crisp, dazzling white. Judith can perform miracles. In fact, she might just be God's chosen instrument. But with power comes weighty consequences, and Judith must face them head on to keep her faith--and her family--alive.

With its intensely taut storytelling and gorgeous prose, The Land of Decoration is a harrowing story of good and evil, belonging and isolation, faith and doubt, and it introduces us to a classic new heroine. It's a novel that gives us many incredible gifts, but its most exciting is the gift of Grace McCleen, a brilliant, heartbreaking new voice in fiction.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012.
ISBN: 9781443408486
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 30, 2019

This book is a strong statement about the harm of fundamentalist religion. A worthwhile read.

Aug 08, 2013

Kim Vara recommended July 2013

May 31, 2013

A very sad tale of two very isolated and grieving characters. The daughter left very much on her own makes up her own coping mechanisms to a very detrimental affect.

ChristchurchLib Nov 29, 2012

A fascinating first novel about a young girl whose father is a member of a fringe religious sect which preaches End Day beliefs. The girl is bullied at school and finds a refuge in the little world of her own of the title and the father runs afoul of unionists at the factory where he works. A touching and very promising book.

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bandblair Sep 04, 2012

Judith's voice is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes she seems very mature for her age - it may be because of her strange upbringing and relationship with her father. I found it was an easy read; it flowed well.

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