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Bestselling author Godwin (Evensong; The Finishing School) brings readers back in time to the early 1950s in this endearing story of Catholic school girls and the nuns who oversee them. As Mother Suzanne Ravenel begins a memoir of her 60-plus years at Mount St. Gabriel's School in Mountain City, N.C., she's forced to re-examine the toxic year of 1951–1952, one of her worst at the school—beginning with the arrival of ninth-grade student Chloe Starnes, who's recently lost her mother, and Mother Malloy, a beautiful young nun assigned to the freshman class. Starnes and Malloy's arrivals presage a shift in the ranks of freshman Tildy Stratton's cruel clique, with significant consequences for all involved. Change, when it finally comes, stems from the girls' attempt to revive a play written years before by Ravenel. Godwin captures brilliantly the subtleties of friendships between teenage girls, their ambivalence toward religion and their momentous struggle to define people—especially themselves. Poignant and transporting, this faux memoir makes a convincing, satisfying novel. (Dec.)
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"A large, roomy story of love, loss, fidelity, secrets, rivalry and faith in the lives of a charming, flawed troupe of characters…. Provocative and rewarding."—Boston Globe
"This rich world…draws and holds the reader from the first to the final pages of the work. " —Denver Post
"Tender but clear-eyed …Godwin’s South has always been a place where charm and good manners can barely conceal the emotional drama pulsing beneath the surface…Recalls the fraught family bonds of Godwin’s best novels…"—San Francisco Chronicle
"Godwin’s reserved yet powerful new novel is set in a boarding school in the mountains of North Carolina…Though it’s a beautiful well-intentioned institution, the school is anything but serene…."—New York Times Book Review
"If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it… a big old-fashioned book about jealousy and passion at a Catholic girl’s school, written with Gail Godwin’s trademark depth and humor…."—Bookpage
"Godwin’s writing is … marvelous, engaging, clever." —Christian Science Monitor
"Poignant and transporting…convincing, satisfying."—Publishers Weekly
"Intoxicating… Godwin’s latest novel charms."—Asheville Citizen-Times
"Masterly."—Dallas Morning News
“A strong story populated by a host of memorable characters–smart, satisfying fiction, one of the author’s best in years.”—Kirkus Reviews starred review,
"If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it. Unfinished Desires is a big old-fashioned book about jealousy and passion at a Catholic girl’s school, written with best-selling author Gail Godwin’s trademark depth and humor … Godwin’s 13th novel is filled with penetrating observations on women’s friendships, family and faith … The wise, human story she tells reaches beyond the boundaries of region and religion, satisfying any reader looking for a good story."—Bookpage
"What better setting for exploring female bonds than a Southern Catholic girls’ school where epic feuds and forgiveness pass through generations? Godwin’s take is smart and intriguing." —Good Housekeeping
"Ten Titles to Watch For: This seasoned author revisits familiar territory. Fascinating, always."—O: The Oprah Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
Gail Godwin is a masterful writer, and her ability to delineate so many characters is quite amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claudia Remington
I'm a Gail Godwin fan but this book was disappointing. It was well written and the basic story was interesting but it was simply rambled on too long.Published 6 months ago by Janie Bunch
I am halfway through this book and I really like it. I grew up in the 60's and attended Catholic school for 12 years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bookworm
Too many characters, too many intrigues, too many underhanded deals, too much religious nonsense , too much viciousness , too much prurience ....and to what end ? Read morePublished 14 months ago by FRS
Gail Godwin’s attention to the minutiae of crapolic schoolgirl life is astounding. Now if only she could make even one of those details interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BTH
I doubt anyone born after 1970 will completely understand the social pressures on girls and women of the time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by HappyCamper
you know, i read this book but right now i can't recall a thing
about it. but i believe it was pretty good
I read Flora, by Gail Godwin, and couldn't put it down!! I couldn't wait to read more of her books and decided on Unfinished Desires. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by pab931
Unfinished Desires is tells an engaging story, but the pacing could have been better. The novel focusses on a year at an all-girls Catholic school in the south during the early... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Elizabeth Hendry