Faith: A Novel

Hardcover | May 10, 2011

byJennifer Haigh

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"[Haigh is] an expertnatural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters' humanity." —NewYork Times
 
"We have the intriguing possibility that the nextgreat American author is already in print." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
When Sheila McGann setsout to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburbanBoston, her quest will force her to confront cataclysmic truths about herfractured Irish-American family, her beliefs, and, ultimately, herself.Award-winning author Jennifer Haigh follows hercritically acclaimed novels Mrs. Kimbleand The Condition with a captivating,vividly rendered portrait of fraying family ties, and the trials of belief anddevotion, in Faith.

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"[Haigh is] an expertnatural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters' humanity." —NewYork Times "We have the intriguing possibility that the nextgreat American author is already in print." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram When Sheila McGann setsout to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburbanBoston, he...

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It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila ...

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collectionNews From Heavenand four critically acclaimed novels:Faith, The Condition, Baker TowersandMrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:May 10, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060755806

ISBN - 13:9780060755805

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Have a little faith I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. I don't think the narrative regarding what this novel is about does it justice. I was expecting it to be about misdeeds of the priesthood, but it was more about family: their reactions to allegations of wrongdoing, their history as a family, their relationships as siblings, and the way their paths crossed with the accuser in many divergent ways. The story took alot of very (very) unexpected twists and turns. I really didn't anticipate much of what actually transpired. The story also had a lighter tone than I had anticipated given the subject-matter, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. In all, an interesting read with a satisfying ending.
Date published: 2013-02-08

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“Expertly wrought. . . . Ms. Haigh, a subtle, serious novelist who happens to have a flair for capturing troubled family dynamics, never allows FAITH to become predictable. . . . Gripping. . . . Substantial.”