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    Bo Caldwell is the author of the national bestseller The Distant Land of My Father. Her short fiction has been published inPloughshares, Story, Epoch, and other literary journals. A former Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, she lives in Northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen.

    "What ardent, dazzling souls emerge from these American missionaries in China . . . A beautiful, searing book that leaves an indelible presence in the mind." --Patricia Hampl, author ofThe Florist's Daughter

    Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng-- City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love--and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?

    Told through Will and Katherine's alternating viewpoints--and inspired by the lives of the author's maternal grandparents--City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a beautiful but torn nation. A deeply spiritual book, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn, and is further evidence that Bo Caldwell writes "vividly and with great historical perspective" (San Jose Mercury News).

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    ISBN 9780312641801
    Genre FICTION / Historical
    Format Paperback
    Pages 287
    Publisher Date 2011-10-25 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Griffin
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.62 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Caldwell, Bo
    Country of Origin United States

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