The Patron Saint of Liars

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Houghton Mifflin, 1992 - Fiction - 336 pages
"Beautifully written...Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion."

BOSTON HERALD

St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful mysterious woman who comes to the lovely ex-hotel pregnant, but not unwed. She plans to give her baby up because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind and who she has become in the leaving....

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User Review  - Smits - www.librarything.com

I have enjoyed all of the Ann Patchett books I have read so far. This is her first novel and I can see her talent shine through. Her writing style is captivating. However, this is my least favorite of ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatherineGregg - LibraryThing

I have to give Ann Patchett credit for creating memorable story lines and characters. Rose is a young, married woman living in San Diego. When she discovers that she's pregnant, she up and leaves her ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Ann Patchett was born on December 2, 1963. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Her other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, and State of Wonder. She has also written several nonfiction works including Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, The Getaway Car, The Bookshop Strikes Back, and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann's title's Commonweatlth and The Patron Saint of Liars made the New York Time bestseller list.

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