Faith by Jennifer Haigh
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"[Haigh is] an expertnatural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters' humanity." —NewYork Times
 
"We have the intriguing possibility that the nextgreat American author is already in print." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
When Sheila McGann setsout to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburbanBoston, her quest will force her to confront cataclysmic truths about herfractured Irish-American family, her beliefs, and, ultimately, herself.Award-winning author Jennifer Haigh follows hercritically acclaimed novels Mrs. Kimbleand The Condition with a captivating,vividly rendered portrait of fraying family ties, and the trials of belief anddevotion, in Faith.
 

About Jennifer Haigh

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Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, (winner of the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction), and Mrs. Kimble, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has been published widely, including The Atlantic, Granta, Best American Short Stories 2012, and other publications. She lives in the Boston area.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Haigh moves seamlessly from Sheila’s reminiscence of growing up Catholic in Boston (though she’s since lost the faith) to a more neutral and objective third-person account of events that relentlessly unfold and seem to implicate Art.

Mar 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Arthur's younger half-sister, Sheila, in a quasi-omniscient style, narrates the complicated, devastating history that shaped Arthur's life, both personally and spiritually.

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The Wall Street Journal

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How a 'single vile accusation' upends the life of a priest—and prompts his sister to try to find out what happened.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

New York Journal of Books

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Faith is a story about the many ways we can create belief systems and trust structures, and the even greater number of ways that those systems and structures can be threatened and destroyed.Father Art Breen, a Catholic priest who has devoted his life to the Church and its followers, finds himself...

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

The Washington Post

Everything Sheila relates to us is cast in shadows of regret and sorrow, and “Faith” certainly isn’t a thriller in any conventional sense, but it’s an incredibly suspenseful novel.

May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

Suite 101

Simultaneously, she tells the story of her mother, her brother, her stepfather, the mother of the little boy.

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The Bookbag

As Art and Sheila share many conversations, post-scandal, there's often weariness in Art's voice.

Sep 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

It’s a memorable and well-done novel, and if at times I wanted it to be more – wanted Aiden not to be quite so purely innocent, wanted Kath Conlon not to be quite so one-dimensionally venal, especially wanted Art not to be quite so completely Christ-like – well, that just underscores how many mo...

May 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

Denver Post

The novel is told in retrospect, and Sheila is telling not only Art's story but that "of my own family, with all it's darts and dodges and mysterious omissions;

May 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

“Art’s story is, to me, the story of my own family, with all its darts and dodges and mysterious omissions: the open secrets long unacknowledged, the dark relics never unearthed.”.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Sam Sacks Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "Haigh brings a refreshing degree of humanity to a story you think you know well, and in chapters both riveting and profound, she catches the avalanche of guilt this tragedy unleashes in one devout family.

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

My San Antonio

One of the more harrowing aspects of this story is the parallel between Art's childhood — raised by a single mother and uncle, who happens to be a priest, “Uncle Father” — and Aidan's life as the son of a single mother and surrogate son of now Father Art.

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Open Salon

But faith is also what Mary's first husband pledged to her before he disappeared, it's what young Art invested in his uncle Fergus, and it is with faith that Catholics everywhere entrust the officers of their religion.

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Birmingham Public Library

She introduces us to the breakdown of the family with this quote: “Most of you have heard, by now, what happened to my brother, or a version of it: the alarming events of that spring and summer, the single, vile accusation, still unproven, that made a ruin of his life.” We know that tragedy can h...

Feb 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Faith: A Novel

The Cresset

Sheila offers an account of her struggle to retain faith in Art, piecing together his story from his confidences in her, as well as those of their younger brother Mike, their mother, Art’s accuser, and various members of the working-class parish Sheila fled long ago.

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