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Faith: A Novel (P.S.) (edition 2012)

by Jennifer Haigh

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Title:Faith: A Novel (P.S.)
Authors:Jennifer Haigh
Info:Harper Perennial (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:fiction, abuse, books on CD, 2013

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Arthur ‘Art’ Breen, a popular Catholic priest in a parish outside Boston, is accused of molesting 8-year-old Aidan Conlon, a boy he has befriended and taken on outings. ( )
  TonySandel2 | Mar 19, 2014 |
A Catholic priest is accused of child molestation. His story is told from his sister's point of view. Remember this is fiction! I found it very good and it does tell, even fictionally, the dilemma of celibacy as a priest, that is having no family or close connections. ( )
  LivelyLady | Dec 24, 2013 |
A novel told from a sister's point of view, of her Catholic priest brother's molestation charges. Engaging storytelling, making the pages turn swiftly.
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  Micalhut | Aug 20, 2013 |
Sheila! Long estranged from her rigid Catholic mother, has come to Boston after her brother, Ray, a priest in a large SuburbN parish, has been accused of molesting a young boy. She comes seeking the truth only to discover that so much of what is unfolding here is a result of long-held family secrets. M ( )
  creighley | Jul 1, 2013 |
This is such a well-plotted novel with unexpected twists and turns and perhaps a few too many coincidences. It's easy to read and keeps the pages turning. She's very interested in getting inside her characters heads and does so without slowing the pace much. She has a talent for connecting her characters inner and outer worlds in such a way that you get to understand motivations from how they act and what they do. The story centres on a priest within the Boston Catholic Church in the midst of a child sexual abuse scandal. This allows Haigh to explore all the reactions that people typically have to these revelations and also, less satisfactorily and more incidentally, to discuss the meaning of Christian faith. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jun 22, 2013 |
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Epigraph
It's a fight you'll never win
And now you bow your head in shame
For a sin no one forgives

-- Dropkick Murphys, "This Is Your Life"

He lives for God, who lives by the Rule. -- St. Benedict
Dedication
For Jimmy, my first friend
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Here is a story my mother has never told me.
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Love to marriage to home and family: connect those dots, and you get the approximate shape of most people's lives. Take them away, and you lose any hope for connection. You give up your place in the world.
In his view, no eight-year-old has mastered the cheap ruses of adulthood. When kids lie, they don't want to be believed; their deepest wish is to be known and understood. For my brother this is a point of faith; a child will tell the truth if he feels safe and accepted. All you have to do is gain his trust.
It was a thing I had always known but until recently had forgotten: that faith is a decision. In its most basic form, it is a choice.
As always, her worries seemed larger at night. It happens to us all, Father Art had once told her. The dark night of the soul.
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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.… (more)

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