Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times best-selling author of Maine returns with a sweeping novel about two sisters--one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world--and the secret that drove them apart.
It has been thirty years since Mother Cecilia Meade spoke to her sister, Nora. But when she receives the news that Nora's son Patrick has died, she knows she must make the journey home to face her family at last. Nora's children arrive for their brother's wake, each wrestling with a private struggle. Bridget and her girlfriend, Natalie, have decided to have a baby--a choice likely to surprise Nora, who still refers to Natalie as "Bridget's roommate." Brian has to figure out how to be an adult after a seven-year career in minor-league baseball comes to an end. And John, a showy and successful political consultant, must decide what to do with lifelong grudges held against a brother who is suddenly gone. As the family tries to make sense of Patrick's passing, Mother Cecilia arrives in their midst, her very presence exposing a long-buried history to Nora's children who never even knew she had a sister. Moving from a small village on the coast of Ireland to the working-class streets of Boston and a tranquil abbey tucked away in the Vermont woods, Saints for all Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.
A sweeping, unforgettable novel fromThe New York Timesbest-selling author ofMaine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.
Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, privately preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora s favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister and cut off from the world, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers, Saints for All Occasionsexplores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together."