Saved. Jennifer Haigh chose an unlikely situation for her latest novel, Faith, and the result gave me hours of reading satisfaction. She selected the clerical abuse scandal in Boston as her tension, and uses the sister of an accused priest as the narrator of the story. Haigh dives into the ways in which clerical formation programs dehumanized priests, and how a family’s secrets became the principal dynamic in relationships. This is a heartwarming story of family, loyalty, love, doubt, faith, forgiveness and salvation. Thanks to Haigh’s fine writing, the story unravels with care, and is likely to appeal to readers who enjoy the opportunity to think and reflect that a good novel can provide.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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