Synopses & Reviews
In the spring of 2002, a perfect storm hits Boston: Trustedpriests are accused of the worst possible betrayal. Faith
explores 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.
“Haighs fourth novel draws you in. . . . Youll be hypnotized until you know where it stops.” Self
“A masterpiece of tension and tenderness.” More magazine
“Luminous. . . . The novel has the magnetic, page-turning quality of a detective thriller, but the clues here lead not to objective proof but to insight into a family both vividly specific and astonishingly universal. . . . . Wise.” O magazine
“Haigh deals with complex moral issues in subtle ways, and her narrative is beautifully, sometimes achingly poignant.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“FAITH is so emotionally rich, and its story so deftly delivered, that were absorbed.” Wall Street Journal
“Both riveting and profound. . . . An incredibly suspenseful novel.” Washington Post
“Expertly wrought. . . . Ms. Haigh, a subtle, serious novelist who happens to have a flair for capturing troubled family dynamics, never allows FAITH to become predictable. . . . Gripping. . . . Substantial.” New York Times
“With an exquisite sense of drama and mystery, Haigh delivers a taut, well-crafted tale. . . . Indelibly rendered characters, suspenseful pacing, and fearless but sensitive handling of a controversial subject will make this a must-read for book discussion groups.” Booklist (starred review)
"[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 short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many other publications. She lives in the Boston area.