Out to Canaan

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jan Karon
Narrator: John McDonough
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Religious & Inspirational
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2002
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

In her popular Mitford series, glimmering with gentle laughter and tears, novelist Jan Karon transports you to the cozy small town of your dreams. An instant bestseller, Out to Canaan, finds Father Tim Kavanagh, the beloved Episcopal priest, confronting some unsettling trends in the village. Preparing for his retirement, Father Tim wrestles with a reluctance to release his flock to another shepherd. His difficulties multiply when the new mayoral candidate splits the town's voters with plans for aggressive development. Suddenly the rector and his vivacious wife, Cynthia, are spending their once tranquil days calming heated bickering between old friends. And after some questionable real estate deals threaten to overturn several of the villagers' plans, he wonders if Mitford and its warm-hearted way of life will survive. Narrator John McDonough perfectly voices each of the endearing townsfolk making Jan Karon's closely-knit community hum with the joys and trials of everyday life. A visit with Father Tim in his homespun world will have you packing your bags and poring over maps in search of Mitford.

Author Details

Author Details

Karon, Jan

"Jan Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937 (""A great year for the Packard automobile,"" she says). Her creative skills first came alive when her family moved to a farm. ""On the farm there is time to muse and dream,"" she says. ""I am endlessly grateful I was reared in the country. As a young girl I couldn't wait to get off that farm, to go to Hollywood or New York. But living in those confined, bucolic circumstances was one of the best things that ever happened to me.""

Jan knew that she wanted to be a writer, and even wrote a novel at the age of ten. Her first real opportunity as a writer came at age eighteen when she took a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. She kept leaving her writing on her boss's desk until he noticed her ability. Soon she was launched on a forty-year career in advertising. She won assignments in New York and San Francisco, numerous awards, and finally an executive position with a national agency.

Recently she left advertising to write books, and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a tiny town of 1,800 perched at 5,000 feet in the Blue Ridge mountains.

""I immediately responded to the culture of village life,"" says Jan. ""And I must say the people welcomed me. I have never felt so at home.""

Blowing Rock is the model for Mitford, and the similarities are strong. ""None of the people in Mitford are actually based upon anyone in Blowing Rock,"" says Jan. ""Yet, the spirit of my characters is found throughout this real-life village. You can walk into Sonny's Grill in Blowing Rock and find the same kind of guys who hang around Mitford's Main Street Grill.""

Jan is quick to assert that there are Mitfords all over the country, those hundreds of towns where readers of Jan's books cherish their own cast of eccentric and beloved characters.

Jan has a daughter, Candace Freeland, who is a photojournalist and musician."