I am not often inspired to pick up a book simply because it has won national awards but this book and its subject matter was intriguing. I was not disappointed. The very delicate subject of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and its subsequent cover up for years might turn you away from this troubling story. Don't let it - it is an important story to be read and understood. It is told from the perspective of a priest who is "chosen" by his bishop to be the bridge between victim and perpetrator and his ultimate goal of preserving the institution of the Holy Mother Church. Damaged himself, the story skirts his own troubled past as well as the slow unraveling of the web of secrecy that has been created to protect the Church and his own conflict with the role that he has played throughout. Without delving into the gory details of abuse, the author has given us incredible insight into these tormented souls. Both the soul of the abused as well as the soul of the priests sent to "counsel" the victims. A difficult subject at best, the book is incredibly well written providing the reader with a view angled to both sides but never losing its ultimate message that hiding what had been done damaged the Church, its pastors as well as its parishoners.