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"I stayed up all night with Robert Hellenga’s beguiling schoolteacher-murderer and her talkative God, and will now re-read at leisure to savor this author’s usual grace notes: music, recipes, learning, philosophy, and travel. The Confessions of Frances Godwin is Hellenga’s most audacious fling at just about everything in our culture." —Gail Godwin, author of Flora
"Robert Hellenga is a great storyteller and a most elegant writer. The Confessions of Frances Godwin is a page-turner that made me want to linger on the page." —Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man
"As enjoyable as it is profound, The Confessions of Frances Godwin tackles our most unanswerable questions as only a novel can—not by answering them but by exploring the reasons why we ask in the first place. This is the sort of rare book where the familiar starts to look brand-new, and a reader comes to understand that faith is as much about how one sees as it is about what one believes." —Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
"His latest novel [is] one of his best . . . Hellenga . . . is one of those writers who inspire a special kind of devotion in their readers . . . The beauty of this novel and, in fact, of all of Hellenga’s work, lies in the scrupulous attention he pays to those different shapes that life takes. Like Frances, we find in their very concreteness a way of living with the uncertainty that surrounds us." —Booklist, special feature starred review
"Hellenga's fiesty and learned narrator, who travels from the Casa di Giulietta in Verona to TruckStopUSA in Ottawa, is an entertaining guide." —Publishers Weekly
"In this highly original novel exploring the hidden depths of one older woman, Hellenga (The Sixteen Pleasures) shows that he is a writer who deserves to be more widely known." —Library Journal
"Hellenga neatly balances the pallet trucks of the wholesale produce business with the idiosyncrasies of translating the ribald poetry of Catullus . . . Although the story ranges wide, The Confessions of Frances Godwin is firmly rooted in the culture and values of Hellenga’s perfectly rendered Midwest." —Shelf Awareness
"Hellenga creates a teacher you will wish you had studied with, and a character to remember." —Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
"Gripping and unpredictable . . . . The Confessions of Frances Godwin both sums up and surpasses Hellenga’s body of work. This is a story of maturity by maturity for maturity, written with subtlety, deep learning, and wisdom." —Mary Doria Russell, The Washington Post
Robert Hellenga writes with passion and his characters come to life.
A book that makes me think is always a good book in my opinion and this one certainly kept me thinking several days after I finished reading it.
Robert Hellenga is that rare author for whom it's impossible to pick a favorite of his books - they're unique and all excellent.
I enjoyed this novel. The characters were realistic and the story was very interesting.Published 3 days ago by amy s henry
The writing is brilliant in sections, e.g., Frances's colloquies with God, but the author frequently interrupts the story with intellectually ostentatious riffs on subjects that,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by ConsumerX
I wouldn't normally say this about a book, but this one I will probably read again. Simply put, it is one of the most satisfying books I've read in many a year.Published 1 month ago by Jean Ruth
I really liked this book more the farther I got. Its an interesting story and the main character is my age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by savy shopper
Robert Hellenga writes with passion and his characters come to life. This book has stayed with me weeks after I finished it.Published 1 month ago by janice
Robert Hellenga's The Confessions of Frances Godwin (Bloomsbury; 2014) has its moments—like the trays of hors d'oeuvres at the country club. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tom Field
This one of the best reads I've had in a long time. It set me off on a quest to read his other novels and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony W. Dopke
Hellenga's Sixteen Pleasures has long been one of my favorite novels. I looked forward to reading Confessions because the same elements I loved in Pleasures promised to be present... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathie Colonnese