Stealing Fatima

Stealing Fatima

A Novel

Paperback - 2009
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As the last light of All-Hallows' Eve falls on a small town at the tip of Cape Cod, Father Manuel Furtado begins his nightly ritual of gin and pills, prayer, and hours spent writing feverishly in his ledger. With the deep luxury of the chemicals in his body, he copies passages from Saint Augustine and Martin Heidegger, disciplined in his desire to flesh out his ever-building demons.

But, unlike his usual uninterrupted reflection, this night there is a crash, sudden enough to pull Father Manny from the rectory and toward his church, Our Lady of Fatima. He finds a man there -- his childhood friend Sarafino, whom he has not seen in decades -- frail with illness and desperate to tell the priest about his recurring visits from the Virgin Mary. Despite Father Manny's grave doubts about Sarafino and his visions, he lets his old friend into his home and his life,and this single act ignites a series of events that challenge the faith of this fishing village, the parish, and of Father Manny himself.

Striking and lovingly detailed, Stealing Fatima is the story of a priest's search for redemption in a town where, even in these modern times, the divine is possible.
Published: Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009.
ISBN: 9781582435169
Branch Call Number: F GAS
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,23 cm.


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Dec 24, 2012

It's been two weeks since I returned this book yet I find myself thinking about it as I'm doing dishes, or something from the story pops into my head as I'm driving to town. This book has lingered in my mind.
It is a quiet story and gives the reader much to reflect upon about the choices we have to make in our lives, many of which we can't know the outcome for many years, if ever.
Stealing Fatima is very well written and the story line pulls you in immediately, holds you tightly through each page, then continues to work in your subconscious for weeks afterward.

Jul 17, 2011

Beautifully written. Not high action, but still a page turner. The character study of the priest pulls you in. The writer's vivid description brings the town and characters to life. Very memorable and moving.

TLMC Jul 14, 2011

One of the best books I've read in decades. Superior quality in writing, a classic. Story line current, thought provoking and constantly moving. I rarely rate 5 stars, but "Stealing Fatima" is top-shelf fiction.... 5+ stars!!!


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