Haigh zeros in on Boston, 2002 and the headline issue of sexual abuse in the catholic church. Outsider Sheila McGann tells us the story of her fractured Irish family: her mother, Mary, who when still nursing her first child, suddenly finds herself abandoned by a first husband, her ex-drunk father Ted who is now in the throes of dementia, her half brother Father Art Breen, who'd been pegged from birth to wear the collar, and Mike, her other brother, a former policeman, now a depressed real estate agent, angry, nostalgic and confused in the suburbs of Boston. Once Art is accused of molesting the young son of a troubled single mom, the scandalized McGann's react very differently. Sheila is incredulous, her mother in denial, and brother Mike assumes, like most of the community, that his half brother is guilty. On the surface Art disgusts him, yet deep down his inner cop takes over, he feels the need to investigate.
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Faith is not a sensational best seller nor a future classic, but rather it is a well paced, well written and thought provoking book by one of the most promising novelists to come along in quite a while. Jennifer Haigh is a writer, not to watch for, but to read, every time she writes something. She does not disappoint with this latest work.
4.5 Stars ~Book Jones
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper (May 10, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060755806
- ISBN-13: 978-0060755805