Great Catholic Fiction

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The Power and the Glory (Twentieth Century Classics)
1.  The Power and the Glory (Twentieth Century Classics) by Graham Greene
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  "This story of the never-named "whiskey priest" escaping persecution and confronting his own soul is a masterful work, rooted in part in Greene's own experiences in Mexico."
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Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters (Library of America)
2.  Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters (Library of America) by Flannery O'Connor
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  "O'Connor is essential.  A modern-day saint who also happened to write challenging, observant and hilarious fiction."
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Love in the Ruins
3.  Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
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  "Walker Percy: Catholic convert, physician, philosopher and novelist.  A funny, tragic satire of the end of the world as we know it, i.e., the present."
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Mr. Blue
4.  Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly
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  "A marvelous fable, written decades ago, but still amazingly timely, of a man who decides to take the Gospel seriously, mystifying many around him. Gatsby if he'd gotten religion?"
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The British Museum Is Falling Down (King Penguin)
5.  The British Museum Is Falling Down (King Penguin) by David Lodge
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  "Very witty tale of 24 hours in the life of a British Catholic grad student, coping with a large family and the Church's teaching on artificial contraception, to boot."
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The Diary of a Country Priest
6.  The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
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  "A bit didactic at times, this is still a moving portrait of a struggling saint-in-the-making"
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Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library)
7.  Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh
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  "Waugh is one of the century's great writers, and this rich portrait of a British Catholic aristocratic family is one of his finest."
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Memento Mori
8.  Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
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  "Interesting short novel about a group of old people who receive anonymous phone calls telling them that "remember, you will die."  How do we face mortality?"
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Silence
9.  Silence by Shusaku Endo
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  "Another essential.  Stunning tale of a 17th-century priest dealing with persecution and, more importantly, the cultural divide in Japan.  Asks profound, challenging questions."
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Selected Stories
10.  Selected Stories by Andre Dubus
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  "A modern master whose short stories are infused with a reverence for God's creatures called human beings."
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Mariette in Ecstasy
11.  Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen
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  "Spare, beautifully told tale of how a nun's mystical experiences affect her and her fellow sisters."
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Lying Awake
12.  Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
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  "An excellent short novel that reflects on the relationship between nature and spirituality."
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