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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Apr 09, 2018

It was good but I felt like it ended abrubtly and that was mostly likely by desgin so I got over it. I would have liked to know if the secret about Patrick was ever reaveld to his sibblings. I also was interested in Bridget and Natalie and what happened with them, So I was disapointed. This is the second book by Courtney Sullivan I have read and I am about to begin a third soon she is a writer with stories that cause me to become completly engaged in her books.

Mar 01, 2018

I loved this book: the ending especially: being left with ambiguity re: whether or not the truth to those left behind would ever be revealed: the legacy of secrets change lives

Nov 25, 2017

This book was disappointing. It was recommended in a Seattle Times article, but it is really not very good. The characters are not believable or especially likeable. This is another dysfunctional family, but the characters are not very interesting. Each character is a caricature of some "type." The sister who becomes a nun is just not convincing. The author alludes to problems (e.g, pedophile priests) in the church, but her treatment is superficial. I kept reading, thinking it would get better and would tie together in the end. It did not. I am sorry I wasted my time reading this book.

Oct 01, 2017

The sloppy editing of this book was annoying. The medal the sisters pinned to Patrick's diaper, for example, became a pendant later in the book. The details of a fight involving Patrick and Rory McClain similarly shifted.

It was also annoying that so many story lines were endlessly repeated without ever being brought to a natural conclusion. Couldn't there have been a few words of mourning for poor Charlie? How could Nora not know what happened to the family farm after her brother's death? How could John and Patrick not notice how much Patrick resembled Rory? It isn't credible that in a hard-drinking, boisterous Irish family that nobody ever slipped and mentioned the absent Aunt Theresa. Patrick never told John about the pedophile priest?

Sep 23, 2017

I liked it a lot! I've posted a video of the author discussing the book.

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.

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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