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Faith (Large Print)by Jennifer Haigh
Touching on one of today's hot-button topics, pedophilic priests, Faith is an exercise in rollercoaster emotions. This story explores the heart-rending situation of Father Art Breen, who finds himself accused of sexually abusing a young boy in his church. Set against the backdrop of multiple accusations in one city, the aura of hysteria is palpable. This is not, however, your typical drama-laden-movie-of-the-week in book form. I came to this book with certain expectations, yet it went in a completely different direction than I anticipated. Motivations and actions are not always what they seem, and there is much here that was unexpected. Haigh always seem to have some twist up her sleeve, indicating what a great storyteller she is. Her characters feel like real people, and her prose is absolutely beautiful. My bet is that you won't be able to put this one down.
Synopses & Reviews
In the spring of 2002, a perfect storm hits Boston: Trustedpriests are accused of the worst possible betrayal. Faithexplores the fallout for one devout family.
Estranged from her family, Sheila McGann returns homewhen her older brother, Art—a popular pastor—finds himselfat the center of the maelstrom. Her strict mother is in a state ofangry denial. Sheilas younger brother, Mike, has convicted hisbrother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself,who dodges Sheilas questions and refuses to defend himself.
As secrets begin to surface, Faith explores the corrosiveconsequences of one familys history of silence—and theresilience it finds through forgiveness. A suspenseful tale of onewomans quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation onloyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharplyobserved, this is Jennifer Haighs most ambitious novel to date.
"[Haigh is] an expertnatural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters' humanity." —NewYork Times
"We have the intriguing possibility that the nextgreat American author is already in print." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When Sheila McGann setsout to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburbanBoston, her quest will force her to confront cataclysmic truths about herfractured Irish-American family, her beliefs, and, ultimately, herself.Award-winning author Jennifer Haigh follows hercritically acclaimed novels Mrs. Kimbleand The Condition with a captivating,vividly rendered portrait of fraying family ties, and the trials of belief anddevotion, in Faith.
About the Author
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers, winner of the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author, and Mrs. Kimble, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was a finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year. Both novels were number one Book Sense picks. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area.
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