This book isn’t for everyone.
In fact, Coffeeyarn‘s Hubband warned her that I’d never speak to her again if she sent me this book and its sequel. I can see why he’d think that; I hrmphed and grumped for days after she sent me My Sister’s Keeper. (I hate sad endings.)
Before I get started, this book is filled with lots of Catholic and some Jewish characters and themes. The main character is a Jesuit priest, as are several of the characters. Rape, prostitution and more are mentioned often, so if Christianity and depravity are off-putting, you might want to skip even this review.
What I don’t think Hubband could have known is that I grew up Catholic, pondered becoming a nun, and attended an all-women’s Catholic college. Some of the conflicts and conversations were insightful, and others struck rather close to home.
I think the reason I was able to finish this book and call it one of the best I’ve ever read is because I knew it wasn’t warm and fuzzy, and the ending actually had more compassion and hope than much of the rest of the book. I’ve already jumped into the sequel, and laughed out loud when the same main character dismissed the Pope as a job applicant who showed up without an appointment!
Finally, I’m back to reading heavier literature and loving it. I don’t think you have to be open to “religious” literature to find this story compelling; if you’ve ever known REAL despair, if you’ve ever wondered why life is so unfair, if you’ve ever made a conscious choice to hold your head high and push on, you’ll appreciate this finely crafted tale.
What are you reading these days?