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The Patron Saint of Liars Paperback – 1 Sep 1996

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449912051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449912058
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,759,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Patchett is unique; a generous, fearless and startlingly wise young writer.' -- New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"BACK PANEL/COVER"A "New York Times" Notable Book Beautifully written . . . Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion. "Boston"" Herald" [A] wonderful first novel. A- "Entertainment Weekly"St. Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth s extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose s past won t be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth s; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving. "The Patron Saint of Liars" is a remarkable novel . . . Ann Patchett is unique: a generous, fearless, and startlingly wise young writer. "New York Times Book Review"ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including "Bel Canto, " winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She has written for the "Atlantic"," Gourmet, " the "New York Times Magazine, Vogue, " the "Washington Post, " and others. "The Patron Saint of Liars "was her best-selling debut novel." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Just when you think you're getting to know Rose, the main protagonist, she slips away from you, as she does the rest of the characters in the book. Narrated by three separate narrators, first Rose, then her second husband 'Son', and finally her daughter Cecilia, this novel takes you into the lives of the inhabitants of a Catholic home for unwed mothers.
As usual with Patchett, the novel is beautifully written. So evocative. Her touch is graceful and light. She creates characters that you really care about, wonderfully quirky 3-D people that fill your thoughts and imagination long after you've put the book down. You'll want to read it in one go, and go back to it again and again.
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By A Customer on 27 Nov. 1996
Format: Paperback
I had an ache in the pit of my stomach for the
entire story. I haven't read such a sweet sad fragile
story in a long long time. Its rare that an author
(and a first-time one at that!) can write about human
failures and human hopes so eloquently at the same time.
Not once during the story did I stop hoping for a reversal
of character. A truly wonderful story . . .
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Format: Hardcover
The Patron Saint of Liars tries mightily to engage the reader with questions of faith, fidelity and human longing. Unfortunately, the insights into these things are at best standard, and at worst, facile or dull. Patchett writes well, (her prose rarely thuds), but she writes too much, thinking that a sea of sensory detail is enough to provide enlightenment, when what the reader craves is some honest insight. For a book that is supposed to be about our deepest humanity, it leaves one feeling oddly cold. It is apparent that Patchett's mind and eyes are sharp; it is her heart that needs work.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book, and if you are interested in stories about family relations, I highly recommend this book to you.
It is divided into four parts, the second one is the story told by Rose. (The first part of the ook reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marques). Rose tells a little bit about her home situation (as a flashback). At the present time in the story she has just left her life behind to drive up to Tenessee from California to go to Saint Elizabeth's a sanctuary, run by nuns, for pregnant girls who will be giving their babies up for adoption once they have been born. She tells us about her life there and we meet some of the other girls and sisters aswell.
Then the book moves on to tell the story of Son, who lets us in on his past life. It is told by himself and while he tells us about his life, the story unfolds in the present aswell. The third bit of the book is narrated by Cecilia, who -in my case- helps us understand Rose a bit better.
I found it one of those reads you not very often come across, I miss it and keep thinking about it too. Thank you Anne Patchett.
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