Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mitford and Father Tim Series - Karon

The "Mitford" series revolves around the lives of people living in a fictional North Carolina town with the central character being Father Tim, the local Episcopalian priest.  

The author chose to begin a new series revolving around the life of Father Tim some time after he retires.  She calls it the "Father Tim" series.  Perhaps she changed the name of the series as she chose to depart from some of the basic tenants of the earlier stories.  She takes him in to what may be termed more unsettling areas in the first Father Tim novel.

Not for pre-teens, despite the largely wholesome life of Christians in a small town; throughout the series there "life events" (such as fires, child abuse, alcoholism, minor unwanted advances by a parishioner, etc.).  These are handled in a very matter-of-fact manner, not as a sensation, but they do occur.

Jan Karon:

The Mitford Series:  
  • At Home in Mitford
  • A Light in the Window
  • These High, Green Hills
  • Out to Canaan
  • A New Song
  • A Common Life
  • In This Mountain
  • Shepherds Abiding
  • Light from Heaven
Father Tim Series:  (definitely a more adult series)
  • Home to Holly Springs
  • Party of Four (waiting for paperback)