Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Title: Faith
Author: Jennifer Haigh
Pages: 318
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: May 10, 2011 (hardcover); January 17, 2012 (paperback)

I was incredibly excited to read this book because of all the amazing reviews I read from other bloggers. I wasn't disappointed; it was a great story, though sad. Faith is told mostly from the viewpoint of Sheila McGann, as she comes to terms with the fact that her priest brother, Father Breen, has been accused of sexually abusing a child. This allegation moves the story forward, but it is really about the family's reaction to the allegations as well as how their family members became the people they were.

More so than the family's reaction, though, this is about the reactions of Sheila and her other brother, Mike, as they deal with the thought that their own brother did what he was accused of. One of them believes the allegations and one doesn't, but both find themselves doubting their initial thoughts. We also learn about the relationship between the priest and the boy he is accused of molesting and that child's mother. The story is told by Sheila relating it from what she learned after the fact from talking to all the people involved.

This was a quick and absorbing read. What kept me reading was not just wanting to know the truth but also being alongside the siblings as they worked through their own struggles. The details provided make you wonder and doubt back and forth about what really happened. I had read other reviews that said the book never does say what really happened, but that's not true at all... the book makes clear one way or another what happened. This book was also less about religion than I expected, though there is discussion among the characters about Catholicism. But regardless, Faith was more about the family and sibling dynamics, and I recommend it for anyone interested in those kinds of stories.

Follow the entire tour for the reviews of not just Faith, but Jennifer Haigh's first three books as well:


Tuesday, January 17th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner (Baker Towers)
Tuesday, January 17th: The Lost Entwife (Faith)
Wednesday, January 18th: The Feminist Texican [Reads] (The Condition)
Thursday, January 19th: Book Addiction (Mrs. Kimble)
Monday, January 23rd: Teresa’s Reading Corner (Mrs. Kimble)
Tuesday, January 24th: Book Hooked Blog (Faith)
Thursday, January 26th: Amusing Reviews (Faith)
Friday, January 27th: Book Journey (The Condition)
Monday, January 30th: Melody & Words (Faith)
Monday, January 30th: Coffee and a Book Chick (Baker Towers)
Tuesday, January 31st: Write Meg (Faith)
Wednesday, February 1st: Unabridged Chick (Baker Towers)
Thursday, February 2nd: Broken Teepee (Faith)
Monday, February 6th: Unabridged Chick (Faith)
Tuesday, February 7th: Take Me Away (Faith)
Wednesday, February 8th: The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic Mom (Baker Towers)
Thursday, February 9th: Elle Lit. (The Condition)
Tuesday, February 14th: A Bookish Way of Life (The Condition)
Wednesday, February 15th: Book Club Classics! (Faith)
Wednesday, February 22nd: Chunky Monkey (Faith)
Thursday, February 23rd: Life is Short. Read Fast. (Faith)
Monday, February 27th: The Scarlet Letter (Faith)
Wednesday, February 29th: Reflections of a Bookaholic (Baker Towers)
Thursday, March 1st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Baker Towers)
TBD: A Cozy Reader’s Corner (Mrs. Kimble)


Sandy Nawrot said...

I will also throw this out there...the audio is first rate. It made my top listens of 2011.

bermudaonion said...

My book club will be reading this book this summer and I can't wait. By the way, it's the book I suggested!

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds like a great topic. I'll have to add this one to my wishlist. Great review!

Zibilee said...

I just got this one from Anita, and am anxious to make some time for it. I do remember that Sandy loved it, and that so many others did too. I can't wait to see what I think of it and am so glad that you enjoyed it! It sounds like an incredible read!

Ti said...

Tough topic to read about but unfortunately, a timely topic as well.

Meg said...

I really, really enjoyed this book and am still thinking about it weeks later! Very absorbing, and I loved that it kept me guessing. It was very sad, yes, but I never considered stopping it.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I loved this one! I also highly enjoyed Mrs. Kimble, also by Haigh. She is one talented lady.

Jenners said...

I imagine this is quite an intersting read with that subject matter. I bet it would be good for a book club discussion.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thanks to Sandy, I may try this one in audio format. I've heard wonderful things too. Great review, Jenny!

Megan said...

This sounds like something I would really like. I've already got some of Haigh's other books on my shelves. It's probably about time I tried her out!

heathertlc said...

I'm glad you see you enjoyed this one as much as I did! Thanks for being on the tour.

nomadreader said...

I read this one last year when it came out and remember next to nothing about it. I'm thinking of re-reading it now that everyone is raving again.

Booksnyc said...

Great review! This book made my top ten in 2011 - I really want to read more of her work.

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