In Cara Wall’s debut novel, The Dearly Beloved (Simon and Schuster), we follow two couples: Charles and Lily, James and Nan, through decades of friendship and conflict as they negotiate a challenging church community in which Charles and James serve as a pastoral team.
“Writing with restrained lyricism, Wall's debut offers a kind of literary chamber music, combining the viewpoints of a quartet of characters across multiple decades and events. Finely drawn and paced and written with intense compassion...A moving, eloquent exploration of faith and its response to the refining fire of life's challenges.” --Kirkus.
Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, which she founded and directed.