Sketches of Home
Sketches of Home is a Canon staff favorite. Its short essays are much like snapshots in a photo album, capturing the scenes of everday life: unwashed dishes, laughing children, and the beauty of simply being at home. However, this is not Thomas Kinkade turned into prose; Suzanne also writes about heartbreak, telling of her own losses with simple honesty. Her style is poetic but not abstract, her subject heartwarming but not sentimental. Suzanne illumines the magnificence of the everday details surrounding us—sweetness and grief mingling in the song of life. This was Canon’s first hardback book and makes a perfect gift.
“Suzanne has this astonishing gift of writing the mosaic of her life into a book-poem and handing it over to us whole—a present. All her prose is poetry, mysterious, but like her life never inaccessible. Her experience is seen not darkly through the glass of corruption and decay but lit with an unearthly blaze that lets each detail—each rag or tack or leaf or button or child’s face or wisp of woodsmoke—achieve its own brilliant reality. Sketches of Home is a haunting story, a combination of familial inevitability and lovely surprise."
—Luci Shaw, writer-in-residence, Regent College
Author: Suzanne Rhodes