Advance praise for All the Forgivenesses
"Not since Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone
and Bonnie Jo Campbell's Once Upon a River
have I met such an original, strong young woman, full of resourcefulness, passion, and courage, dedicated to saving her family no matter the personal sacrifice. This is an extraordinary, unforgettable novel, with a haunting voice that follows you into your dreams at night. Elizabeth Hardinger carves the geography of the human heart and teaches us the lessons of the forgiveness and the redemption that is possible for those of us strong enough to bear the burden and gift of love."
--Jonis Agee, award-winning author of The River Wife
and The Bones of Paradise
"Elizabeth Hardinger has given us a heroine for the ages. In the face of unimaginable hardship, where survival is the only thing that matters, she learns strength and courage, and discovers joy in unexpected places. Her voice is strong and authentic and unforgettable. Equal parts tender and brutal, All the Forgivenesses
is a rich, exquisite novel."
--Alex George, author of Setting Free the Kites
"It won't take a page to know this is an abiding story told in an utterly captivating voice. I fell into this novel in a way I've only experienced when reading Kaye Gibbons, Louise Erdrich, Dorothy Allison, and Alice Walker. The sense of place and time, of family, guilt, grief, and love are so richly layered, reading All the Forgivenesses
is mesmerizing. No one writes like Hardinger. Thank goodness she does."
--Sandra Scofield, National Book Award finalist for Beyond Deserving
"Composed with unassuming wisdom and grace, All the Forgivenesses
is an exhilarating testament to the human spirit. You'll fall in love with the remarkable Bertie, whose unwavering loyalty to family delivers her a life rich with meaning and hard-won transcendence. A captivating debut by an exciting new voice in fiction."
--Wayne Harrison, author of The Spark and the Drive