From the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedarsâ€”an emotionally charged, provocative new novel about a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary.Ann Holmes seems an unlikely candidate for revelation. A sixteen-year-old runaway, she is an itinerant mushroom picker who lives in a tent. But on a November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her, clear as day. Father Collinsâ€”a young priest new to North Forkâ€”finds Ann disturbingly alluring. But it is up to him to evaluateâ€”impartiallyâ€”the veracity of Annâ€™s sightings: Are they delusions, or a true calling to God? As word spreads and thousands, including the press, converge upon the town, Carolyn Greer, a smart-talking fellow mushroomer, becomes Annâ€™s disciple of sorts, as well as her impromptu publicity manager. And Tom Cross, an embittered logger whoâ€™s been out of work since his son was paralyzed in a terrible accident, finds in Annâ€™s visions a last chance for redemption for both himself and his son.As Father Collins searches his own soul and Annâ€™s, as Carolyn struggles with her less than admirable intentions, as Tom alternates between despair and hope, Our Lady of the Forest tells a suspenseful, often wryly humorous, and deeply involving story of faith at a contemporary crossroads.From the Hardcover edition.