The Son of Laughter

Book Description

Rich in family drama, passion, and human affinity, critically acclaimed author Frederick Buechner's contemporary retelling of this captivating and timeless biblical saga revitalizes the ancient story of Jacob, delightes our senses and modern sensibilities and graces us with his exceptional eloquence and wit. "The Son of Laughter becomes yet another of Buechner's novels to wear the label "masterpiece" (Auchincloss). In The Book of Buechner, Dale Brown says: "But the remarkable success of the novel has more to do, I think, with the increasing clarity of Buechner's themes, his way of keeping the paradoxes in order - natural versus supernatural, guilt versus forgiveness, doubt versus faith - and the way in which his characters and their questions are like his readers and their questions."


"With profound intelligence, Buechner’s novel does what the finest, most appealing literature does: It displays and illuminates the seemingly unrelated mysteries of human character and ultimate ideas." – Annie Dillard, Boston Globe

"This is an extraordinary novel that demonstrates both the truth of fiction and Buechner’s superb ability to offer it." – Christian Century

"A masterpiece." – National Catholic Reporter

"In The Sacred Journey, Buechner tells us that we must learn to hear in our lives the sound of the holy. “It is the function of all great preaching,” he writes, “and of all great art, to sharpen our hearing to precisely that end.” Son of Laughter will not only help one hear that sound; it is that sound." – Brooke Horvath

"...beautifully presented. The novel is rich with sensory description." - Library Journal

"Buechner has taken the grand story of Jacob – breathed life into it and set its vivid people in motion...writing that sounds as though the writer is holding onto a lightning bolt." – Annie Dillard

"The Bible’s account of Jacob is a pungent seed found in a tomb.  Frederick Buechner has planted it and the result is this beautiful swaying tree of a book." – James Merrill