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Faith

A Novel
Haigh, Jennifer (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Faith


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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.
Authors: Haigh, Jennifer, 1968-
Title: Faith
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 318 p. ;,24 cm
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0060755806
9780060755805
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hai
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

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

Report This 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.

Report This Jun 06, 2011
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The spotlight fell on Roman Catholic Boston in 2002 with the priest child sex abuse scandal, and this is the setting for Jennifer Haigh's stunning new novel. Art Breen set himself on the path to priesthood at age 14, following his father's abandonment of the family, and his mother's remarriage. His middle-aged step-sister Sheila tells the story of the young priest's austere and unremarkable career. Sheila is the perfect narrator, raised by a devout mother but no longer of the church. As middle child, she has stong emotional ties to both halves of her blended family, devoted to younger brother Mike, yet loyal to Art. When Art is accused of fondling a 9 year old boy, his life, and that of his family is turned upside down. There is guilt is all quarters, but also compassion. Sheila examines the facts of Art's case with precision pacing, bringing to light not just the facts, but the souls of the people involved. A suspenseful, affecting novel, which should win Haigh wide recognition.

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