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Character of Another Faith


Read a book featuring a character with a faith different from your own. Here are just a few suggestions:
The Journey by Wanda Brunstetter

Titus Fisher, an Amish carpenter, journeys into a Kentucky Amish community where he seeks a new beginning and meets the beautiful and unique Suzanne Yoder. She can't cook but can do woodworking, and she painfully resembles Phoebe, Titus's ex-girlfriend....

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Windfall by Diksha Basu

Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son....

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. Butbefore she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into he r own future....

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In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

A short, powerful novel about an American professor of Holocaust Studies who, over the course of a weeklong spiritual retreat at Auschwitz, is forced to grapple with his own past and a family secret: the Jewish mother abandoned to her doom by his Gentile father....

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A life of joy by Amy Clipston

When she returns for an extended visit to her hometown in Virginia, eighteen-year-old Lindsay Bedford reconnects with old friends and faces family pressures as she tries to decide whether or not to stay in her Amish community....

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Pale harvest: a novel by Braden Hepner

In a sublime landscape, Jack Selvedge struggles against betrayal to save his farm, Mormon faith, and the girl he loves....

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Love and treasure by Ayelet Waldman

A tale inspired by the World War II Hungarian Gold Train follows the 1945 American capture of a locomotive filled with riches and the efforts of a Jewish-American lieutenant's granddaughter to track down a mysterious woman 70 years later....

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There your heart lies by Mary Gordon

Marian cut herself off from her conservative, wealthy Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War--experiences she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose....

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Ms. Marvel (vol. 1-?) by G. Willow Wilson, various artists; created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!...

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My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

The National Jewish Book Award-winning novel records the anguish, dreams, and triumphs of Asher Lev, a talented young painter raised in a cloistered Hasidic community in Brooklyn, as he struggles to resolve his gift of art with his religious background only to emerge into the great world of art, rejecting all else. ...

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings....

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Compelling tale of Pakistani-American forced into marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?...

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Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo

The first fifty or so years of Otto's journey were pretty good. He felt he had it all until one day he didn't. Looking for answers, he calls on his enlightened brother-in-law, Volya Rinpoche. Otto needs his brother-in-law's wisdom, and it turns out that Rinpoche himself is also looking for guidance. Together they embark on a road trip across the middle of America and encounter a diverse cast of characters....

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Silk tether: a novel by Minal Khan

This is the real world of modern Karachi as seen through the eyes of a young woman in an elite family. Here are the hidden dramatic realities of the upper class, the undertow of religion, revealing the truth sometimes spoken in hushed whispers. Often tragic, always youthful, yet never what those in the West expect, here in fully realized first-person prose are the lives of Ayla, the protagonist....

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Forty Days Without Shadow: an Arctic thriller by Oliver Truc

Thirty minutes of daylight will herald the end of the polar night in Kautokeino, a small village in northern Norway, home to the indigenous Sami people. But in the last hours of darkness, a precious religious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum....

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The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Khan

Detective Esa Khattack and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, investigate the death of a local man who may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, in a haunting debut novel of loss, redemption and the cost of justice....

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The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Harry Houdnis one time apprentice, Jenny "Wren" Lockhart, holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world, but someone wants to claim them or silence her before she can reveal them on her own....

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Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

On a train bound for the seaside town of Jarmuli, three women in their sixties witness an assault on a young documentary filmmaker named Nomi. The women are disturbed, but shrug off the encounter. Among Jarmuli's pilgrims, priests, and temples, the three women live out their long-planned holiday together, while Nomi searches for clues to her past in a local ashram. As their lives overlap and collide, the town's serene surface is punctured by violence as its long, dark history becomes impossible to ignore. (From publisher description)...

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Moonglow by Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program....

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The Bishop's Wife by Mettie Ivie Harrison

Inspired by a true crime, a Mormon mother of five investigates the missing wife of a fellow parishioner as she becomes increasingly unsettled by the patriarchal structure and secrecy of their church. (first in series)...

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