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The Patron Saint of Liars (P.S.)

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A New York Times Notable Book

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St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind...and who she has become in the leaving.

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"Beautifully written....Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion." Boston Herald

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"It is about pilgrimage and healing....A fairy tale. A delight." The New York Times Book Review

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"Patchett's first novel...has a quiet summer-morning sensibility that reminds one of the early work of Anne Tyler....In an assured, warm, and graceful style, a moving novel..." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] thoughtful first novel....[A] complex character study of a woman driven by forces she can neither understand nor control." Library Journal

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of five novels: the New York Times bestselling Run; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician's Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling Truth & Beauty and What now? Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Gourmet, the New York Times, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Gracie, December 17, 2010 (view all comments by Gracie)
I have yet to be disappointed by anything Ann Patchett has written. She has an uncanny gift for characterization, and Rose, Son, Cecilia, and Sister Evangeline are prime examples of this talent in The Patron Saint of Liars. For people so close to each other, they are nevertheless bound by secrets and lies. Patchett's writing is filled with power, and its subtlety and eloquence are extraordinary.

It's a remarkable mix of people and personalities that come together at St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mothers. It's an isolated place, run by nuns near a healing spring long since dried up. And as the years pass, and girls come and go, some things change and others remain ever the same. Rose starts out as one of those girls, coming to St. Elizabeth's to give up her baby. Son starts out a traveling handyman just looking for work for a few days. Cecilia starts out as the first baby born there who isn't given away. And Sister Evangeline watches over them all, with intuition and love.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061339219
Author:
Patchett, Ann
Publisher:
HarpPeren
Author:
by Ann Patchett
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.00x5.36x.90 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061339219 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Beautifully written....Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion."
"Review" by , "It is about pilgrimage and healing....A fairy tale. A delight."
"Review" by , "Patchett's first novel...has a quiet summer-morning sensibility that reminds one of the early work of Anne Tyler....In an assured, warm, and graceful style, a moving novel..."
"Review" by , "[A] thoughtful first novel....[A] complex character study of a woman driven by forces she can neither understand nor control."
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