From the acclaimed author of Prayers and Lies and The Sometimes Daughter comes
an emotional, compelling, and ultimately uplifting novel that explores
the fragility and resilience of love—and the decisions, large and small,
that determine not just who we are, but who we want to be.
Philips has an enviable life—even if it’s not quite the one she wanted.
She enjoys working at her university alumni magazine, her house is
beautiful, and her husband, Mark, is attentive, handsome, and wealthy.
But after years of frustration and failed attempts, Corrie is desperate
for a child—and haunted by the choices in her past.
ago, just after college, Corrie’s boyfriend Daniel left town, intent on
saving the world even if it meant breaking Corrie’s heart. Now he’s
returned, and despite her misgivings, Corrie feels drawn to him again.
But the emotions that overwhelm her may put her marriage and her secure,
stable life at risk. Faced with an unexpected choice, Corrie must
unravel illusion from reality at last and weigh what she most needs
against what her heart has always wanted.
Praise for the novels of Sherri Wood Emmons
The Sometimes Daughter
“Emmons has a keen grasp of the difficulties of mother-daughter dynamics…an intimate story.” --Publishers Weekly
“Emmons has written a heart-warming story that underscores the importance of family.” --The Star Ledger
who appreciated Lauren Myracle’s Bliss or autobiographies by Augusten
Burroughs and Jeannette Walls of dysfunctional family survivors should
also enjoy this novel.” –School Library Journal
Prayers and Lies
“A rich story of the triumph of love and decency.” –Sandra Dallas, author of Prayers for Sale
“A strong debut…Emmons has a rich voice that pairs well with the earthy setting…and the characters are wonderfully drawn.” –Publishers Weekly
“Surely Sherri Wood Emmons is the freshest new voice I've read in a long while. Read Prayers and Lies, and hold on tight! You are in for an unforgettable literary ride!” --Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread
the careful rendering of this dysfunctional family, Emmons makes us
fall in love with Bethany Wylie, the young girl at the heart of this
story, as well as her wayward cousin, Reana Mae. The evolution of their
friendship—the way they grow together and grow apart—is heart-breaking.”
--T. Greenwood, author of Grace
1. Corrie Philips seems to have an ideal life. Why can’t she let go
of the past and enjoy the present?
2. Is Corrie a sympathetic character? Why or why not?
3. Bob insists to Bryn that she tell Paul about her pregnancy. Do
you think a man always has the right to know when his partner
is pregnant? Are there times when it’s okay to keep that information
4. What responsibility, if any, does Corrie have for her mother’s
5. Corrie believes that her inability to conceive a baby is punishment
for having had an abortion. What does your faith tradition
teach about God’s judgment? How does that apply to a
woman who has terminated a pregnancy?
6. What role does Maya play in the story? How would the story
be different without her presence?
7. Corrie accuses Daniel of trying to play God. Is that a fair assessment?
Are Daniel’s decisions reasonable ones?
8. Bob has taken his wayward wife back twice after her infidelities.
Do you think a partner should be given a second chance
after an affair?
9. Bryn’s relationship with Paul began when she was his student.
Is it ever okay for a teacher to be in a romantic relationship
with a student? Why or why not?
10. Bob and Bryn begin their relationship very soon after his divorce.
Is Bryn right to worry about being a rebound girlfriend?
Can their relationship last?
11. Corrie and Daniel’s relationship is renewed while she is married
to Mark. Is the relationship doomed to fail? Why or why
12. What is the significance of the title, The Weight of Small