|Literary Angles book discussion: "The Things They Carried"|
Event Type: Book Club|
Age Group(s): Adult, Senior Citizen
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.
Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, 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. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila's younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.
As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family's history of silence—and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs—and restore them. A gripping, suspenseful tale of one woman's quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharply observed, this is Jennifer Haigh's most ambitious novel to date.
Location: Small Conference Room
The Literary Angles meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 PM. Book selections are made 3-6 months in advance. Anyone interested in the book discussions are welcome to attend. Each book discussion group covers a large range of topics and crosses between fiction and non-fiction titles.Contact: Katie Kraushaar
Contact Number: 223-1309 x213