Faith (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Jennifer Haigh

Harper, 9780060755805, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/9/2011)
Paperback, Large Print (5/10/2011)
Paperback (1/17/2012)
Paperback (9/1/2011)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (7/1/2011)

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June 2011 Indie Next List

“This is the story of a family that shows the world a little and hides a lot more -- even from each other. It's a story of compassion and abuse, lies and secrets, of people who once could finish each other's sentences and now don't know who they themselves are, let alone who other family members have become. It's about narrow minds and big dreams, and about how sometimes grace and sin can be the exact same thing, and how that can tear apart hearts and lives. This a difficult tale, exquisitely told.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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Summer 2012 Reading Group

“This is the story of a family that shows the world a little and hides a lot more -- even from each other. It's a story of compassion and abuse, lies and secrets, of people who once could finish each other's sentences and now don't know who they themselves are, let alone who other family members have become. It's about narrow minds and big dreams, and about how sometimes grace and sin can be the exact same thing, and how that can tear apart hearts and lives. This a difficult tale, exquisitely told.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
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Description

"[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 the Author

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Boston.



Praise For Faith: A Novel

“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