This is a simple, exquisite gem of a story set in a small Irish town. Each sentence is a work of art and not the slightest idea or emotion goes unnoticed. Lovely and dear. — Karen Frank
Lyrical writing and well-drawn characters in a beautiful novel that deals delicately with a sensitive issue--a rewarding read on many levels. — Louise Jones
Jeannette Haien’s award-winning first novel relates the seemingly simple tale of a parishioner confiding in her priest, but the tangled confession brings secrets to light that provoke a moral quandary for not only the clergyman, but the reader as well. Set in a small town in Ireland, Haien’s intimate novel of conversations and dilemmas—perfect for readers of Paul Harding’s Tinkers, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood—is “an elegantly written, compact and often subtle tale ofmorality and passion that gives voice to an age-old concern in a fresh way” (NewYork Times Book Review). Harper Perennial breathes new life into this 1986 classic in a new edition with an introduction by Ann Patchett.