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St. Paul, Minnesota, 1939. The body of a beautiful dime-a-dance girl is found on a hillside, and Police Lieutenant Wesley Horner, struggling and alone after his wife’s recent death, heads the investigation into her murder. His chief suspect is Herbert White, an eccentric recluse and hobby photographer who spends his days recording his life in detailed journal entries and scrapbooks. In Mr. White’s Confession, Robert Clark illuminates the complex relationships between truth and fiction, past and present, faith and memory.
In My Grandfather’s House, Robert Clark traces the spiritual quests and struggles of his ancestors, from England’s split with the Church of Rome at the end of the middle ages to his own return to the faith five hundred years later. Clark reconstructs their lives as medieval Catholics, heretics, and inquisitors in the England of Henry VII; as Puritan settlers, participants in Indian wars, and accusers in witch trials in New England in the 1600s; as preachers, artists, writers, and agnostics during the theological and intellectual upheavals of the 19th century that left them exploring creeds ranging from evangelical Protestantism to Unitarianism to Buddhism to atheism. In the context of King Henry’s divorces and his quarrel with both the Pope and Martin Luther; the religious and personal struggles of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Margaret Fuller, Clark weaves a rich history that culminates in his own quest through doubt toward faith.
Profound, moving, and ultimately inspiring, My Grandfather’s House is a vivid and original account of the persistence of belief through five centuries of questing and questioning.