Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Patron Saint of Liars

Amazing! I’ve given two novels 5 books this month.
I really enjoyed this book by Ann Patchett. It doesn’t surprise me that it made the New York Times Notable Book list.
The story is about a Catholic home for unwed pregnant girls. When Rose finds herself pregnant, she decides not to tell her husband and mother. Instead, she drives from California to Kentucky and shows up at St. Elizabeth’s under the pretense of being single and willing to give up a baby she doesn’t want.
As she watches the other girls struggle with pregnancy, childbirth and going back to their homes as if they never had a baby, she begins to have second thoughts. Although she still doesn’t want to be a mother, she also can’t come to terms with giving the baby up.
“The Patron Saint of Liars” is the story of how Rose resolves her conflicting feelings and the people she affects. Published in 1992, it remains poignant today.
It’s truly a marvelous read.

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