Synopses & Reviews
A candid, fascinating, and revealing look at life in (and out of) the convent--by an award-winning investigative journalist. What do nuns really think about life, death, love, sex, faith, friendship, guilt, regret, loss, motherhood, feminism, and the modern world and all its conveniences and luxuries? To answer these questions, award-winning journalist Cheryl L. Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns from a wide variety of orders--and with divergent beliefs. She lived with them, observed their daily lives, and participated in silent worship. She witnessed their vow ceremonies, mourned with them, celebrated and drank beer with them. They welcomed questions no one had ever dared ask before. In the end the nuns that Reed approached with suspicion and curiosity ended up teaching her more about motherhood, relationships, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world. In Unveiled, Reed has succeeded in opening up the doors to a once closed world--one often misrepresented and almost always misunderstood--to present nuns not as stoic icons of secrecy and ritual but simply as women who have chosen an independent path, and who now offer themselves as guides to their fascinating, surprising, and enlightening interior lives.
When reporter Cheryl Reed set out to examine the lives of nuns, she was determined to find out what was behind the enigmatic image reinforced by Hollywood clichés, misguided speculation, and her Catholic friends' childhood stories of unyielding figures in black.
For Unveiled, she interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world.
About the Author
Cheryl L. Reed's articles have appeared in U.S. News and World Report, Mother Jones, and Salon.com, among others. She is the recipient of the Harvard University Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for Investigative Reporting and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents' Association. She is currently an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.