The Shiloh Renewal

By Joan Leslie Woodruff
Read by Rebecca Rogers

4.45 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Two teenage girls, sisters a year apart, are in a terrible auto accident near where they live, a few miles from the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh. Penny, the older sister, is killed outright, while Sandy, the younger, is badly injured and not expected to live. In a coma, Sandy meets people who are oddly dressed and who speak English, but not the English she speaks. Eventually she comes out of the coma but continues to see and talk with these people—doctors, nurses, soldiers—on their way to a great battle at Shiloh. As fascinating as these occurrences are, they are associated with Sandy’s refusal to accept Penny’s death. Only by witnessing the deaths of her Civil War friends is Sandy able to come to terms with the death of her sister and recover her own life. The Shiloh Renewal is a fine novel that offers a compassionate and even hopeful look at death, loss, and grief.

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Summary

Summary

Two teenage girls, sisters a year apart, are in a terrible auto accident near where they live, a few miles from the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh. Penny, the older sister, is killed outright, while Sandy, the younger, is badly injured and not expected to live.

In a coma, Sandy meets people who are oddly dressed and who speak English, but not the English she speaks. Eventually she comes out of the coma but continues to see and talk with these people—doctors, nurses, soldiers—on their way to a great battle at Shiloh.

As fascinating as these occurrences are, they are associated with Sandy’s refusal to accept Penny’s death. Only by witnessing the deaths of her Civil War friends is Sandy able to come to terms with the death of her sister and recover her own life.

The Shiloh Renewal is a fine novel that offers a compassionate and even hopeful look at death, loss, and grief.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A]n electrifying first-person narrative…Woodruff fits Sandy with a distinct, individual voice, a past life of which, heartrendingly, she recalls only traces, and a strong supporting cast led by her sad, loving mother. A powerful, extraordinary story.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Joan Leslie Woodruff

Joan Leslie Woodruff is of mixed American Indian ancestry and lives in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico amidst the ancient Anasazi ruins, where she owns and operates a cattle ranch. Having earned several advanced academic degrees in health care and education, Ms. Woodruff worked for fifteen years in several major hospitals in California before returning to her native New Mexico to write fiction. Her first novel, Neighbors, explored the spiritual life she discovered living beside the ruins of the prehistoric American cliff dwellers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.45
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English