All Saints (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 27, 2007 - Fiction - 350 pages
18 Reviews
The acclaimed author of The Cloud Atlas returns with a wondrous second novel. Set in a small beachfront Catholic high school, narrated by a beautifully complex heroine–theology teacher Emily Hamilton–All Saints is at once a mystery, a love story, and a powerful rumination on secrets, temptation, and faith.

By life’s midpoint Emily has seen three husbands, dozens of friends, and hundreds of students come and go. And now her classroom, long her refuge, is proving to be
anything but.

Though her popular, occasionally irreverent church history course is rich with stories of long-dead saints, Emily uneasily discovers that it’s her own tumultuous life that fascinates certain students most. She in turn finds herself drawn into their world, their secrets, and the fateful choices they make.

A novel of mystery and illumination, calling and choice, All Saints explores lives lived in a fragile sanctuary–from Emily and her many saints to a priest facing his own mortality and a teenager tormented by desire. Told with grace and compassion, this is a spellbinding novel of provocative storytelling.


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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

I do like Callanan's conversational writing style, and this is an interesting story of faith, and the dysfunction it can sometimes cause. I did have a problem believing that this was a woman narrator ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Caruso - Goodreads

I don't know how to review this book … the writing was in many ways interesting and creative. The story line made me crazy. The book took on a number of very serious story lines and tossed them ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
36
Section 4
52
Section 5
71
Section 6
87
Section 7
105
Section 8
127
Section 11
171
Section 12
184
Section 13
200
Section 14
217
Section 15
234
Section 16
252
Section 17
269
Section 18
277

Section 9
141
Section 10
159

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About the author (2007)

Liam Callanan is the author of The Cloud Atlas, which was an Edgar Award finalist for best first novel. A frequent public radio essayist, his work has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Slate, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.


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