A Flickering LightLarge Print - 2009
This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing - and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.
Returning to her Midwest roots, Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother's album to capture the interplay between the shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman's pursuit of her dreams. She is a Christy, Wrangler and Willa Award winning author.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F. J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.
With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man's profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.
"Exceptionally authentic ... Kirkpatrick deserves a wide audience for this coming-of-age tale that is aching and hopeful." - Publishers Weekly, starred.
"This is a beautifully told story of temptation and God's redeeming grace. Highly recommended for Christian Fiction and historical fiction collections." - Library Journal, starred