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The Patron Saint of Liars de Ann Patchett
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The Patron Saint of Liars (1992 original; edició 2011)

de Ann Patchett

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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 home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby 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.… (més)
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Títol:The Patron Saint of Liars
Autors:Ann Patchett
Informació:Mariner Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
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The setting of this novel is key. It was the 1960s, so a woman leaving her loveless marriage to make her own life was unheard of. There were times when I felt I had come to the ending, but another layer unfolded adding depth to the characters and showed the brillance of the novelist. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |
I loved this book. Beautifully written, great use of multiple voices and an interesting plot (woman goes to a home for pregnant women to give up her baby, changes her mind and stay there to raise the baby). I'm really looking forward to reading more Ann Patchett novels. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Patchett's first novel and it already bears the signs that have made her a favorite.

It is the 1950s. Rose Clinton marries someone she does not love, in San Diego. She becomes pregnant. She believes she cannot have this baby. She will not be good for it, and she cannot stay in this marriage. Thus she takes off for a home in Kentucky, a Catholic home for unwed mothers.

So, oddly, she has to hide her marriage. The home takes her in and she is comfortable there, with the many other young pregnant woman and the nuns. Over the months she becomes a part of the place, taking over the cooking from a nun who does not do it well. When her own time comes much has changed.

Rose considers herself a good liar. She is not only smooth in her delivery of lies, but she can spot that skill in others as well. She is not proud of it, just knows herself. At St. Elizabeth's she tries to make a new start. She reveals little of her past and forges a new path.

We follow her through the years. In some ways she changes. She is influenced by others. But in major ways she is always who she was: strong, steady, a force. Yet carrying that burden of her past.

Somehow Patchett creates characters who are at heart good, without ever slipping into mush. The characters stay with me and lift me somehow. I feel good after getting to know them. They are good yet they are not saints. In this book are many good yet fallible people, ordinary people, people we can love. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I picked this for my 2015 reading challenge category "first book by a popular author". I haven't read any others of hers so I thought I'd start at the beginning. It was a good strong, not fabulous read. The story idea was good - a grand old hotel fallen on hard times and turned into a home for unwed mothers by the Catholic Church. The main character, Rose, finds herself married, pregnant and decides she doesn't want the baby so flees to this home to give up the baby. Events transpire, she changes her mind and the story follows her life at the home.

What I didn't like is that you never really understand why she left her husband, you never really understand why she treats her child the way she does; basically, you never understand Rose. Though she's the main character, there's no insight into her motivations or actions - she's just weird and secretive and annoying.

As a first book, it was certainly well written, had some interesting characters, and was very readable, but...... I'd recommend it as an average read. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Why I didn't read Ann Pachett a long time ago is a mystery, but now that I have, I'll continue through her work. What a fascinating and elegant book. Love her writing style, her characters are vivid and complex and drive the story. I felt deeply involved in their lives and truly enjoyed the whole thing. Terrific writer. ( )
  joliek | Nov 9, 2019 |
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This book is for my parents, Frank Patchett and Jeanne Wilkinson Ray, and my grandmother, Eve Wilkinson.
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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 home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby 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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