Faith

Faith

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Sheila McGann is estranged from her complicated family. But when her older brother Art, pastor of a large suburban parish, finds himself at the center of a scandal, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him. Her strict mother lives in a state of angry denial; her younger brother Mike has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.
Published: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060755805
0060755806
Branch Call Number: F HAI
Characteristics: 318 p. ;,24 cm.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

I liked this, but it's the first time Haigh has disappointed me a little. What I have loved (among many things) about her 3 other novels is how her characters affect me; I feel I know them, believe in them, get annoyed by them, want to go meet them for dinner or hang out in the next room. None of the three major characters in Faith have the sharpness I have come to expect from Haigh, especially Sheila, the narrator. I feel like she's more focused on issues and themes than characterization in this novel, and it suffers for it.

That said, I still very much recommend it. She is such a gifted writer, and the story is interesting and filled with perfectly crafted scenes (especially the interactions between Michael and Kath, the most richly written characters). If only she had fleshed out Art and Sheila like that.

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bixby
Jun 26, 2014

Jennifer Haigh handles a sticky issue with compassion for all those involved. A good read. Whether you are Catholic or not, this book may help you to gain a new perspective on the life of a priest in today's litigious society.

booklady413 Jan 23, 2014

This book revolves around a Catholic family in Boston during the early 21st century when many priests were defrocked and accused of child molestation. The story is told from the perspective of the sister of one such priest, Father Breen. Has he been falsely accused and judged too harshly? I found the book intriguing. Not only was it about abuse in the Catholic church but also dealt with the issue of celibacy and the priesthood, an issue that has been brought up time and time again over the years. Great read.

WMorello Aug 15, 2013

Loved this family. Really felt "inside" this one, which I never feel in my own semi-Irish family. Took the characters with me after putting it down. Really enjoyed the twists. Good storytelling.

african_violet13 Aug 09, 2013

This book was quite a drag. A few times I almost stopped reading.

simonhohlov Jul 10, 2013

i didn't read the book yet, but the librarian from Sheepshead Library said it was a great book worth checking out.

cm510 Feb 12, 2012

I found the book a little confusing until I caught on to Haigh's writing style. The characters were somewhat tragic, yet believeable. It caused me to stop and think quite often while reading.

Haigh handles a controversial subject - abuse in the Catholic churck - in an elegant and suspenseful manner.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 19, 2011

Quite draggy. Very introspective, without much in the way of innovation. Yawn.

pthielan Jul 13, 2011

A touching, sensitive, revealing book about judging others, faith, and the motivation behind the decisions we make in life.

It really starts you thinking about your preconceived notions about the Church, families, and the horror that may be inflicted on the ones we are supposed to love.

Easy to read, and the characters jump to life for you.

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bixby
Jun 26, 2014

Tragic story of a priest who has been accused of molesting a child and the affects it has on his family.

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