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A Novel

Haigh, Jennifer

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sheila McGann is estranged from her complicated family. But when her older brother Art, pastor of a large suburban parish, finds himself at the center of a scandal, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him. Her strict mother lives in a state of angry denial; her younger brother Mike has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0060755806
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hai
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 26, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jennifer Haigh handles a sticky issue with compassion for all those involved. A good read. Whether you are Catholic or not, this book may help you to gain a new perspective on the life of a priest in today's litigious society.

Jan 23, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book revolves around a Catholic family in Boston during the early 21st century when many priests were defrocked and accused of child molestation. The story is told from the perspective of the sister of one such priest, Father Breen. Has he been falsely accused and judged too harshly? I found the book intriguing. Not only was it about abuse in the Catholic church but also dealt with the issue of celibacy and the priesthood, an issue that has been brought up time and time again over the years. Great read.

Aug 15, 2013
  • WMorello rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this family. Really felt "inside" this one, which I never feel in my own semi-Irish family. Took the characters with me after putting it down. Really enjoyed the twists. Good storytelling.

Aug 09, 2013
  • african_violet13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was quite a drag. A few times I almost stopped reading.

i didn't read the book yet, but the librarian from Sheepshead Library said it was a great book worth checking out.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Talented author Jennifer Haigh tackles the Catholic priest abuse scandal with grace and skill. She brings to bear her forte of family relationships to a splintered family living south of Boston. Don't be put off by a subject that you might have heard enough of, Haigh's take is refreshing and powerful.

Feb 12, 2012
  • cm510 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found the book a little confusing until I caught on to Haigh's writing style. The characters were somewhat tragic, yet believeable. It caused me to stop and think quite often while reading.

Jan 23, 2012
  • SCL_AdultSummerGame rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Haigh handles a controversial subject - abuse in the Catholic churck - in an elegant and suspenseful manner.

Aug 19, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Quite draggy. Very introspective, without much in the way of innovation. Yawn.

Jul 13, 2011
  • pthielan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A touching, sensitive, revealing book about judging others, faith, and the motivation behind the decisions we make in life.

It really starts you thinking about your preconceived notions about the Church, families, and the horror that may be inflicted on the ones we are supposed to love.

Easy to read, and the characters jump to life for you.

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Jun 26, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Tragic story of a priest who has been accused of molesting a child and the affects it has on his family.


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