Children of God: A Novel

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Villard, 1998 - Fiction - 438 pages
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Mary Doria Russell's debut novel, "The Sparrow," took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul. A critically acclaimed bestseller, "The Sparrow" was chosen as one of "Entertainment Weekly" 's Ten Best Books of the Year, a finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Prize and the winner of the James M. Tiptree Memorial Award. Now, in "Children of God," Russell further establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

Old friends, new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place. Strikingly original, richly plotted, replete with memorable characters and filled with humanity and humor, Children of God is an unforgettable and uplifting novel that is a potent successor to "The Sparrow" and a startlingly imaginative adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell's special literary magic.

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Review: Children of God (The Sparrow #2)

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

This book was absolutely phenomenal-- I enjoyed it even more than its predecessor, the Sparrow-- and I loved that book too. I decided to read these books when I saw them on a list that my friend Lisa ... Read full review

Review: Children of God (The Sparrow #2)

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

(4.5) Wow, I just love this as a sequel to The Sparrow and I love the whole world that Russell created in these two books. She was not afraid to tackle big questions and provide satisfying answers ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Trained as a paleoanthropologist and the author of scientific articles on subjects ranging from bone biology to cannibalism, Mary Doria Russell received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois, her M.A. in social anthropology from Northeastern Univer-sity and her doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and their son and is at work on her third novel.

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