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"Gwendolyn Bounds has perfectly captured the sounds, flavors--indeed, the soul--of a quickly disappearing kind of small town life."

  --Billy Collins, poet laureate, author Picnic, Lightning

“I would set aside a huge chunk of time to read Little Chapel on the River as it is a so superbly woven tale putting it down would cause heartache.”

--Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming.

"Stunning. Little Chapel on the River is beautifully written, artfully crafted and lovingly told ....This is the rare first-person book that forces you to take a deep breath and reconsider how you live your life."

--Stefan Fatsis, author, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

Every writer knows that there is no more compelling story than an honest and close observation of a life, and Gwendolyn Bounds has surely done this.... charged with writing that glows with sensitivity and rings with truth.... I could not put it down."

--Dennis Smith, author, Report from Engine Co. 82, A Song for Mary, Report from Ground Zero, and San Francisco Is Burning (Sept. 2005)

"Reading Wendy Bounds's very fine book is much like a delightful night spent visiting a pub in Ireland: 'You remember it as you remember time spent in good company out in God’s country.'"

--Frank Gannon, author of Mid-Life Irish

"A layered and vivid chronicle of perseverance and possibility. With a reporter's eye for detail ... Bounds weaves the strands of disparate lives, her own included,into a seamless, shining tale.

--Nancy Cobb, author of In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living