Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saints for All Occasions

Secrets. As the Irish Catholic child of immigrants, I recognized the families in J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel titled, Saints for All Occasions. Parts of the old sod remain present in the new world. Secrets are kept for decades, as are grudges. There can be extended time periods of alienation among family members. Sullivan does many things very well in this novel: the characters are complex and well-developed; the settings are described in enough detail to bring them to life; and the insights into human behavior are wise. Did I say there’s a nun in the mix? Sure, it’s all here for any reader who enjoys finely written prose and whose family has issues of any sort. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Saints for All Occasions from

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