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Rite of Spring Hardcover – November, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446512958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446512954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,147,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

That extended Irish family, the Ryans, are back in Greeley's latest novel, and once again the world is divided into two kinds of womenthe embittered ones and the warm, motherly sortand two kinds of familiesthose who pull together against all odds, and those who exist in an emotional war zone. Behind mild Brendan Ryan is an unhappy ex-wife, an alienated and volatile teenage daughter, Jean, and a set of old friends who have truly seen better days. In a plot that aims to rework the search for the Holy Grail, Brendan is rejuvenated by love for a strapping Irishwoman, whose mysterious past comes to light when she disappears completely, stranding him in the midst of a police investigation into the bombing death of his ex-wife. He and his newly reconciled daughter follow Ciara's faint trail to an IRA splinter group that kidnaps Jean, turning Brendan into a gunslinging hero hellbent on rescuing his loved ones. Greeley marshalls plot lines with little reference to character development or plausibility, and even his staunchest fans are likely to be dismayed by stilted dialogue and repetitious sexual romps that are more embarrassing than erotic.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Greeley's latest novel is a wonderfully written, complex modern quest story. It begins in Chicago with Walter Mittyish tax lawyer Brendan Ryan's "rite of spring" affair with the beautiful and elusive Irish lass, Ciara Kelly. As Ryan is a psychic with unusual gifts, when Ciara disappears he, and we, at first are not sure whether she ever existed at all. The first half of the story is a romantic, lusty, mysterious, love story. The second half, a thriller that follows Ryan's search for Ciara in Ireland, features appealing settings and a cogent summary of the problems in Northern Ireland. A literate, exciting tale with depth. Jean B. Palmer, Andover, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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