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
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: All SaintsUser 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
Review: All SaintsUser Review - Jill - Goodreads
Rarely do I stop a book before it is finished, but I just could NOT get into this book. The writing style was confusing and the characters did not grab me. Disappointing. Read full review