Cara Wall explores the lever of depth in our beliefs in her new novel, THE DEARLY BELOVED (Simon&Schuster). Through marriages, friendships and explorations of faith we meet those who strive to do good. Whether one is a believer or not, they will find themselves connected to these characters.

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.



Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University. While at Iowa, Wall taught fiction writing in the undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in her capacity of founder and inaugural director. She went on to teach middle school English and history and has been published by Glamour, Salon, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in New York City with her family.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you have a faith and what it means. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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24 thoughts on “THE DEARLY BELOVED by Cara Wall – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

    1. My faith has gotten me through a lit in my life, including my sons passing. My faith keeps me going and strong. Thank you for the chance.


  1. Faith has brought me through my parent’s death in my teens, my husband’s death after 36 wonderful years together, my sickness and kidney surgery and my 76 years of life!


  2. My book club was formed by several of my neighbors who attended a series on Living a Purposeful Life given by a nearby church. Our group has grown over the years and the members belong to various faiths. I believe this would be a wonderful book for our book club.


  3. I think most people have faith in something, whether a diety, a friend, a family member, a pet. In my case, it’s a bit of all.


  4. I consider myself spiritual but not really religious as I was raised. I have a lot of empathy and compassion for all as I believe it should be, regardless of what the Bible says.


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