North of Hope
Ballantine Books, 1990 - Fiction - 435 pages
"Hassler's brilliance has always been his ability to achieve the depth of real literature through such sure-handed, no-gimmicks, honest language that the result appears effortless."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
After more than twenty years in the priesthood, Father Frank Healy is going home. But what he finds at the battered Our Lady's Church are very few believers and Libby Girard, a woman from his past, whom he thought he'd never see again. But Libby's life is unraveling, and as she becomes dependent on him, the lives around them erupt in a tangle of drugs and despair, alcoholism and death. Ultimately, Frank's vocation is tested at its weakest place: his continuing love for Libby.
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Review: North of HopeUser Review - Mary Ellen - Goodreads
One of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers: the story of Fr. Frank Healy hitting the "big leak" of a midlife crisis as he accompanies his high school crush and best friend through her own ... Read full review
Review: North of HopeUser Review - Nancy Hartill - Goodreads
Frank struggles with the last words of his Mom on her dying breath, told by Eunice that she wanted Frank to become a Priest. He has strong feelings for a woman for most of his life, and his love ... Read full review