Saints for All Occasions

Saints for All Occasions

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"A sweeping novel about two sisters--one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world--and the secret that drove them apart"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780307959577
Branch Call Number: FIC SUL
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 25 cm

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brangwinn
Sep 04, 2017

If you enjoyed Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, this book with its multilayered story about two Irish sisters who emigrated to Boston Massachusetts in the 1950’s will be equally appealing. Like Toibin, Sullivan can create memorable characters who shape and are shaped by their experiences. When one sister gives birth out of wedlock to a baby boy, the other sister and her husband adopt the baby. This action shapes the entire story, showing how, even in close knit families like the immigrant Irish, secrets which are meant to shelter others from pain can impact all in the family.

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

There are a million Irish Catholic immigrant stories out there, but this one stands out. The characters are well-drawn and interesting. I especially loved the ending which stubbornly refused to answer every single unanswered question and tie the whole story up with a nice pretty bow.

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njon38
Jun 18, 2017

although I loved this book, I'm guessing you have to grow up Irish Catholic to really enjoy it. An immigrant story about a big Irish catholic clan and the secrets they keep.

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