Faith

Faith

By Jennifer Haigh

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060755812, 318pp.

Publication Date: December 13, 2013

Description

It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the citys archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding family, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. But what she discovers is more complicated than she imagined as the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface.

Elegantly crafted and sharply observed, Jennifer Haighs Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family that demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefsand restore them.



About the Author
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collectionNews From Heavenand four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker TowersandMrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and thePEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer.Her short fiction has been published widely, inThe Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many other publications. She lives in the Boston area.


Praise For Faith

“Both riveting and profound. . . . An incredibly suspenseful novel.”
-Washington Post

“A masterpiece of tension and tenderness.”
-More magazine

“Luminous. . . . The novel has the magnetic, page-turning quality of a detective thriller, but the clues here lead not to objective proof but to insight into a family both vividly specific and astonishingly universal. . . . . Wise.”
-O magazine

“Haigh deals with complex moral issues in subtle ways, and her narrative is beautifully, sometimes achingly poignant.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With an exquisite sense of drama and mystery, Haigh delivers a taut, well-crafted tale. . . . Indelibly rendered characters, suspenseful pacing, and fearless but sensitive handling of a controversial subject will make this a must-read for book discussion groups.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Haigh’s fourth novel draws you in. . . . You’ll be hypnotized until you know where it stops.”
-Self

“FAITH is so emotionally rich, and its story so deftly delivered, that we’re absorbed.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Expertly wrought. . . . Ms. Haigh, a subtle, serious novelist who happens to have a flair for capturing troubled family dynamics, never allows FAITH to become predictable. . . . Gripping. . . . Substantial.”
-New York Times