Buechner’s first-person retelling of the life of British twelfth-century holy man and sinner Saint Godric of Finchale explores the nature of spirituality and turns upside down sin, spiritual yearning, fierce asceticism, and, ultimately, rebirth.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
“A remarkable book. … [A] true work of art.”–Atlantic Monthly
“In the extraordinary figure of Godric, both stubborn outsider and true child of God, both worldly and unworldly, Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality. Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world, the Flesh, and the Devil.”–London Times Literary Supplement
Buechner interweaves history and legend to build an evocative portrayal of the sixth-century Irish Saint Brendan and his life of sin and ultimate redemption.
Winner of the M.L.A. Christianity and Literature Book Award for Belles Lettres
“Strikingly convincing … sinewy and lyrical.”–The New York Times Book Review
“A lusty, bawdy, teeming, festooning, dancing marvel of a book. Within its crafty interlacings, we can read its buoyant meaning: that life, for all its woes, is essentially a comedy.”–The Los Angeles Times Book Review
“An artistic triumph.”–Publishers Weekly
Buechner uses the life of biblical patriarch Jacob to explore family betrayal, passion, and human frailty, all culminating in the discovery of faith and redemption.
“With profound intelligence, Buechner’s novel does what the finest, most appealing literature does: It displays and illuminates the seemingly unrelated mysteries of human character and ultimate ideas.”–Annie Dillard, Boston Globe
“A masterpiece.”–National Catholic Reporter
“This is an extraordinary novel that demonstrates both the truth of fiction and Buechner’s superb ability to offer it.”–Christian Century
Based on an island like Bermuda and inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Buechner spins a magical-realism tale of love, betrayal, and redemption infused with humanity and informed by faith.
“A wonderfully human and satisfying meditative romance. A marvelous adaptation of Shakespeare—one of the best ever.”–Kirkus Reviews
“For all its charm and lilt, The Storm, like any among Buechner’s best novels, cannot be taken lightly.”–The San Diego Reader
“Like other fine books by Frederick Buechner, The Storm is highly original and delights and surprises from first page to last.”–George Garrett, author of Death of the Fox
Buechner’s outrageously witty and inspirational tetralogy chronicling the exploits of a charlatan evangelist and unlikely instrument of grace, Leo Bebb, and his Church of Holy Love, Inc.
“In the character of Leo Bebb, Buechner has created a wild and canny charlatan who might also be a genius.”–The Boston Globe
“The way Buechner writes is special and engaging—serious, comic, with a kind of reverent irreverence for his people and their lives.”–Publishers Weekly
“Buechner brings the reader to his knees, sometimes in laughter, sometimes in an astonishment very close to prayer, and at the best of times in a combination of both.”–The New York Times Book Review
Drawn from the ancient apocryphal Book of Tobit, this novel presents the tale of an eccentric blind father and his somewhat bumbling son who journeys with the devilishly clever archangel Raphael to seek his family’s lost treasure.
“It sings and dances, wealthy with laughter and deeply moving. Buechner is as good as we have.”–George Garrett, The Washington Post
“Buechner’s characteristic humor is here, along with the pithy insights that may become gems in sermons.”–W. Dale Brown, The Christian Century
“This clergyman can tell a story that has a theological dimension without sounding sanctimonious or trite, partly because his writing style is based on contemporary speech and partly because his turn of mind is ironic, unsentimental.”–The New York Times Book Review, Alfred Corn
A semi-autobiographical novel about Buechner’s family and their struggle to understand the suicide of Buechner’s father and the challenges of the Great Depression.
“This daring, graceful little book is a powerful profession of faith.”–Detroit Free Press
“Plainly told, gently nuanced, the story has appeal for those who believe in the healing power of memory.”–Publishers Weekly
“[He] has been one of our most celebrated storytellers.”–USA Today
Buechner addresses assorted baggage of the human condition from sexual infidelity to aging, guilt, failure, and death through the life story of a clergyman who has lost his wife in a senseless accident and must now persevere for the sake of his children.
“This is a story that skates with daring skill and exuberant speed over the thin ice of potential blasphemy, sentimentality, and violence to emerge finally on the firm, smooth surface of honest faith and uproarious laughter.”–Katherine Gauss Jackson, Harper’s Magazine
“Here is the rarest of the rare in contemporary fiction: a novel devoted to the celebration of faith and joy.”–Lee Whiston, United Church Herald
“Buechner has given us a beautifully written, sensitive novel in The Final Beast.”–The Episcopalian
Buechner’s acclaimed debut novel follows Tristram Bone—a rotund man of wealth and leisure but a failure with women—and Elizabeth Poor—a rich, charming, and beautiful widow—through a series of racy encounters with friends and family, affairs both real and imagined, gossip, jealousy, and innuendo.
“Written with remarkable virtuosity.”–Saturday Review of Literature
“A study in nuance of character and atmosphere, this is delicately oriented and finely drawn.”–Kirkus Reviews
“A Long Day’s Dying is full of questions as to how a life might be lived.”–Dale Brown
A cabinet-level presidential appointment precipitates a personal crisis for Ansel Gibbs, a man of sophistication, breeding and sensitivity whose return to public life from retirement frames Buechner’s meditation on the courage required to assert one’s humanity in the modern world.
Winner of the Rosenthal Award
“Mr. Buechner has written an extraordinarily dramatic story.”–Charles Poore, The New York Times
“This is a mature piece of work.”–Literary News
“Mr. Buechner casts his own particular, brilliantly indirect illumination on a private world that is luxurious, comfortable, furnished with intelligence and a certain charm, possessed of intense loyalty to itself and its members, and generous, with polite and sensible reservations, to outsiders.”–The New Yorker
The third volume of Buechner’s profound and at times profane story of the prodigiously funny con man and preacher Leo Bebb. Amidst the trainwreck of a sinner’s life, Buechner reveals Bebb to be an angel as well.
“Frederick Buechner’s Love Feast is the third of his wonderful stories about Leo Bebb, the itinerant minister of the gospel. … The word about Bebb is simple—he lights up every page on which he appears, making each one a joy to read and to anticipate.”–Roger Sale, Hudson Review
“This stylish and witty writer makes the faith seem more expansive and mysterious. Reading Love Feast gives one a marvelous sense of joy in being.”–Cultural Information Service
The fourth and final installment of the Bebb saga tells the hilarious and frightening story of love, hate, hopelessness, and hard-won redemption that unravels when Bebb’s family treks to rural South Carolina to claim their inheritance after the itinerant preacher’s assumed death.
“Frederick Buechner is a master craftsman. His books abound with wonder and mystery, both human and divine. They are funny and they are wise. And Treasure Hunt illuminates Buechner at the very top of his form.”–Larry Swindell, Philadelphia Inquirer
“The novel abounds in omens, coincidences, and contrivances because Buechner, like Parr, wants us to venture forth and find wise treasure. … We laugh; we cry; we gain golden wisdom after reading about his adventures.”–Irving Malin
The odyssey of eccentric New Englanders sets the stage for an exploration of resentment and fear and the joys of small miracles that happen along the way to their destination.
“In his new novel Frederick Buechner again shows his unique talent for making wonders real and the real wonderful. The book opens up dimensions of our modern hurts and impasses that are missing from much of our fiction.”–Amos N. Wilder
“One of the finest pieces of imaginative prose I have come across for some time….a beautiful, thoughtful, and often witty novel whose music will, I am sure, reverberate in the imagination for a long time.”–Vernon Scannell, The Irish Press
Set on a Wizard of Oz-like vacation estate, Buechner uses a summer school for children as the backdrop for mystical experiences and a family’s search for faith.
“A brilliant book.”–Francis Bickley, Punch
“In this clever novel, the recesses of the sane and unbelieving mind are probed and found wanting.”–Katherine S. Rosin, Book-of-the-Month Club
“The Seasons’ Difference is a suave and urbane comedy about several immense abstractions—faith, innocence, loneliness, and love.”–Orville Prescott, New York Times Book Review
The second of the four books of Bebb finds the charismatic charlatan preacher Bebb trying to launch another dubious venture as Bebb must cope with such complications as the disappearance of his wife and the emergence of a long-forgotten nemesis.
“He has composed a very well-written, striking, humorous story. It is a pleasure to read and difficult to put down.”–Peter Rowley, Chicago Sun-Times
“Good news. Frederick Buechner, who has quietly become one of America’s finest novelists, has just published an extraordinary new novel called Open Heart.”–Michael Putney, The National Observer
“Open Heart, by Frederick Buechner, is simply wonderful.”–Margaret Manning, Boston Globe
The first book of the Bebb tetralogy introduces Buechner’s favorite saint and sinner of a preacher, Leo Bebb (CEO, Church of Holy Love, Inc.)—the head of a religious diploma mill who once served five years in prison for exposing himself to a group of children. Lion Country scrambles our understanding of good and evil while ultimately revealing the mystery of belief and the path to faith.
National Book Award Finalist
“Frederick Buechner can find grace and redemption even in the shoddiest, phoniest aspects of a cultural wasteland. One reads Lion Country … with hope and delight.”–Louis Auchincloss
“Lion Country is a fine blend of craft and comedy.”–Philadelphia Inquirer
“Lion Country is elegantly written and very funny – a serious theme embedded in hilarity. Lion Country is a splendid book.”–Boston Globe
Winner of the O. Henry Award
Originally published in The New Yorker, “The Tiger” blends alcohol, a performance as Princeton’s mascot at a football game, and the search for love and meaning all in an afternoon of jubilant conquest, loss, and foreshadowed redemption.