Book Review: The Place of Belonging

6 Jan

It’s not easy being the child of a single mother living in Big Sky country during the 1940s. But sometimes fitting in isn’t the best way to discover who you are. Faulkner’s story of a girl struggling to find her place in a blended Montana farm family explores how separation and loss can bring wholeness.

Jayne Pearson Faulkner was raised by a single mother and her grandmother in the 1940’s under the Big Sky of Montana. At the age of 14 she began sending manuscripts to Gospel Publishing House-many of which they published.  Eventually she was hired by them and began writing short stories for the weekly Sunday school publications. She attended Central Bible College while working at GPH and became a staff writer until she graduated.

She and her husband Stan were pastors for three years before becoming missionaries to the Philippines and later in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific.  She has been a freelance editing for Virtue Magazine as well as others.   The Place of Belonging is her first full length novel.  She laughs and explains, “I kept trying to cut it off at 2000 words.”  Once you read this book you’ll most likely wonder, as so many others do, when she is going to write her next novel!

My Impressions:

Jayne Pearson Faulkner’s memoir of her childhood in Montana’s Big Sky Country reads more like a coming of age novel than a strict biography.  The Place of Belonging is beautifully written in a quiet yet sure style that covers Jayne’s life from the age of  about 7 until just after her 13th birthday.  Being raised by a single mother and grandmother proved somewhat confusing and left for more than one unanswered question for young Janie.  She felt something missing and was forever standing on the outside looking in.  Then her world changes when her mother marries Gunder Pearson and moves to his farm.  A farm was the most wonderful place Janie could imagine.  Pearson tells her story from a child’s point of view and the wonder of the plains of Montana, the life of farmers in the 1940s and 50s and the struggles of fitting in show through her prose.  A very quick read, I found The Place of Belonging a refreshing break well worth the time.


(I received The Place of Belonging from Bring It On! in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: The Place of Belonging”

  1. wall-to-wall books-wendy January 6, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, this book sounds really good. I love this kind of book. I will have to check it out more.
    Thanks for the review!

    • rbclibrary January 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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