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Peter Leigh has been hired by the mysterious USIC corporation to travel to a newly colonized planet, Oasis, light years away. His job will be to minister to the indigenous population and establish a rapport. He leaves his beloved wife, Bea, behind, their only link a kind of interstellar e-mail. He finds the Oasins eagerly awaiting his arrival and singing "Amazing Grace." (A previous missionary had disappeared.) The Oasins beg for readings from the Bible, or, as they call it, "the book of strange new things." Peter becomes more and more immersed in his mission and building his church, to the detriment of his health and his connection with Bea. Meanwhile, word from home becomes more and more worrisome. Tidal waves, earthquakes, toppling economies, and violence wreak havoc with lives and faith. And finally, the true reason for the Oasis colony comes into question, and Peter must make a decision–to stay or go. Like Maria Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, this is a marvelously creative and intricate novel, thought-provoking and arresting.


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