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Hellenga, Robert 1941-

Overview
Works: 36 works in 157 publications in 13 languages and 8,026 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Short stories  Novels  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  Religious fiction  Fictional autobiographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3558.E4753, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Robert Hellenga
 
Most widely held works by Robert Hellenga
The fall of a sparrow : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Hellenga, bestselling author of The Sixteen Pleasures, once again reveals his profound understanding of the strength and resilience of the human spirit in a compelling and masterful novel. Alan Woodhull ("Woody"), a classics professor at a small Midwestern college, finds himself convinced that life has taught him all the lessons he has to learn: After the tragic death of his beloved oldest daughter during a terrorist bombing in Italy seven years ago, his wife has left him and his two remaining daughters have grown up and moved away. Yet his decision to attend the trial of the terrorists and to return to the scene of the tragedy marks the beginning of a new life and the awakening of a new love"--Back cover
The sixteen pleasures by Robert Hellenga( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventure of Margot Harrington, an American book conservator saving treasures in the 1966 flood in Florence. She is asked by the mother superior of a convent to help secretly sell a banned book to raise money for the convent. It's the only copy of The Sixteen Pleasures, a volume of sonnets and erotic drawings, ordered destroyed by the Vatican when it was published in 1523
Philosophy made simple : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother
Snakewoman of Little Egypt : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged anthropology professor contemplating his future becomes romantically involved with a woman released from jail after shooting her husband, the pastor of a snake-handling church
The Italian lover : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-five years after stumbling upon a priceless work of Renaissance erotica in Florence, a discovery that led her into a misguided love affair, Margot Harrington joins forces with her lover, Woody, to write a screenplay based on her experiences
The confessions of Frances Godwin : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions--starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she's retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over--but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella's husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike. From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something "out there" that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?"--
Blues lessons : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and German and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In late 1950s Michigan, Martin Dijksterhuis finds himself torn between his mother's desire for him to attend college and his own fierce love for his family's orchard and Corinna Williams, the daughter of the orchard's African American foreman
Snakewoman of Little Egypt : a novel by Robert Hellenga( Recording )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology professor Jackson Jones contemplates his future. Should he go back to Africa, where he did his fieldwork, and live with the Mbuti, or should he marry and settle down in the Midwest, where he now teaches? On the morning of her release from prison, Sunny, who grew up in a snake-handling church in the Little Egypt region of Southern Illinois, rents a garage apartment from Jackson
The truth about death : and other stories by Robert Hellenga( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Truth About Death, the title novella of this virtuosic collection, is a masterpiece of sardonic humor that confronts Death head on and emerges bloody but unbowed. Simon, an undertaker, embalms his father and is facing his own death. Louisa, Simon's mother, makes peace with her husband over his dead body in a cooler in the basement of the funeral home. Simon contemplates the mystery of death over a plate of spaghetti cacio e pepe in Rome with an Italian undertaker. The dog, Maya who works as a greeter at the funeral home where she comforts those who are grieving hardest eventually makes the truth about death known to Elizabeth, Simon's wife. New Yorker cartoons keep the family laughing during the most difficult months, so Simon decides to submit his own (included here), leading Elizabeth to seek further clarification in a meeting with the New Yorker cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, at his office. The serious issues cleverly addressed in The Truth About Death are touched with warmth, humor, and deep feeling in the eight "Other Stories," not by invoking comforting fairy tales but by accepting the fact that death and grief are part of the natural order of things. As Maya explains to Elizabeth, "It's just the way things are.""--
The fall of a sparrow by Robert Hellenga( Recording )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Woodhull travels to Bologna to attend the trial of the terrorists responsible for the loss of his daughter
The sixteen pleasures by Robert Hellenga( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I was twenty-nine years old when the Arno flooded its banks on Friday, 4 November 1966. On Tuesday I decided to go to Italy, to offer my services as a humble book conservator, to save whatever could be saved, including myself. The Italians called them "Mud Angels," the young foreigners who came to Florence in 1966 to save the city's treasured art from the Arno's flooded banks. American volunteer Margot Harrington was one of them, finding her niche in the waterlogged library of a Carmelite convent. Within its walls she discovered a priceless Renaissance masterwork: a sensuous volume of sixteen erotic poems and drawings. Inspired to sample each of the ineffable sixteen pleasures, Margot embarks on the intrigue of a lifetime with a forbidden lover and the contraband volume-a sensual, life-altering journey of loss and rebirth in this exquisite novel of spiritual longing and earthly desire
A novel by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exhilarating novel of romance, art and food in Florence, featuring the beloved Margot Harrington, who graced Robert Hellenga's The Sixteen Pleasures
Zmiana by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Polish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Fall eines Sperlings Roman by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poduka iz bluesa by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Croatian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Dijksterhuis finds everything he needs in his extended family and in the reassuring routines of growing and harvesting, spraying and pruning on the Michigan farm. His mother wants him to attend a great university, the University of Chicago, her alma mater, but he has no desire to leave. He falls in love, and discovers his ability to sing the blues ; this book examines how he is able to bring together the disparate strands of his life
Los dieciseis placeres : Erotismo y misterio en el calustro by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fall of the sparrow by Robert Hellenga( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A family's struggle to heal itself after the violent death of its oldest daughter
Das verbotene Buch der Lüste by Robert Hellenga( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 1996 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The fall of a sparrow : a novel
Alternative Names
Hellenga, Robert R.

Hellenga, Robert R. 1941-

Hellenga, Robert Riner.

헬렌가, 로버트 1941-

헬렌가, 로버트 R. 1941-

ヘレンガ, ロバート

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The sixteen pleasuresPhilosophy made simple : a novelSnakewoman of Little Egypt : a novelThe Italian lover : a novelBlues lessons : a novelSnakewoman of Little Egypt : a novelThe fall of a sparrowA novelThe fall of the sparrow