Gemma stands on a hill, talking to the Hudson River. Arielle, fresh from rehab, wakes up in a jail cell to a vision of an angel. Prioress Michael Agnes reads through correspondence from the Vatican. Although each character is very different, they all soon find themselves at the same convent on a farm near Albany, N.Y.
In a novel that's similar in structure and tone to Toni Morrison's Paradise (1997), Nolan Martin tells the story from the viewpoints of each main character and truly gives each her own distinct voice--not an easy feat. Readers get a beautifully fleshed-out and complete look at their likes, dislikes, fears and pasts, all of which add to the intensity of the novel's main plotline. The story crosses all barriers of religion, and readers needn't be Catholic or even Christian to appreciate its universal tropes. The author brings her obvious spirituality and humanity to this wonderful, relatable tale of failure, love and triumph.
A gorgeous novel about finding redemption.
Review Posted Online:Dec. 24th, 2013