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The characters of her stories are so real you want to reach out and hug them. When I was digging around for a novel to read, I knew I wanted to read a novel by Ms.

Haigh, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read about the Boston archdiocese scandal. Like many, I will always ache over that. I really didn't want to read about the abuse of power, of arrogance and exploitation that fueled that egregious chapter of history that is, unfortunately, still being written. But Faith takes us to the heart of the matter, to a family that takes a direct hit in both the coming and going of the scandal and tells their stories with a gentle pragmatism.

Faith left me with a better understanding of the human condition in the midst of the collision of vanity and reality. While this is called a novel, the subject matter is sadly, all too true. The author told the story of one priest's struggle with being accused, how his life was affected as well as any member of his family.

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The setting is in the Boston area where one of the worst abuse cases came to light I know that being Catholic makes it more difficult to read about. The public gets the cut and dried media version but this book, although a work of fiction, makes one realize that each and every case would be worthy of a full length accounting. I highly recommend this story, it will make you think about the abuses, the perpetrators and the victims. I think everyone would agree that the church was in the wrong by trying to cover up so much.

In reality, the Voice of the Faithful have succeeded in getting more transparency and the candidates for priesthood are vetted severely, and young boys are not brought in any longer.

Book review: ‘The Cartographer of No Man’s Land,’ by P.S. Duffy

The main character, Fr. Art, was destined for the priesthood from a very young age for a variety of reasons and at different times in his life, he experiences doubt in himself and what he does, sometimes called "The dark night of the soul. Haigh did it well. Jennifer Haigh has not only told a fantastically sad story relevant to today's church struggles and the flock's real pain in losing trust and suffering over charges of molestation by priests in droves, she has done a beautiful job capturing the essence of growing up "Irish", in a Catholic home.

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Throughout, Haigh underscores so many of the cultural idiosyncrasies of Irish Catholic families, communities and parochial school Yet, in highlighting so many of the shortcomings in Irish Catholic culture, Haigh leaves us to think about our church, blind faith and the risks associated, family secrets so common to us, traditions and their purpose and simply our Priests, the men we have been taught to hold in the highest regard.

A Novel is a book of substance and for me, stark importance. Having just finished another of her books, as early in the year as it is, this may be it. The story is one of lifelines: Angus MacGrath, a painter who is also the skilled navigator of a small boat on the Atlantic coast, is caught between his desire to create art and his responsibilities to others.

He has a demanding father, a distracted wife and a son who needs his attention. When his brother-in-law, Ebbin, goes missing on the Western Front, Angus decides to enlist so he can try to find him.

Although he signs up as a cartographer, he is surprised to learn that he will be sent directly to the battlefields of France, where his services are urgently needed. Uncanny sense of direction. Duffy writes about trench warfare on the front lines as if she were crouched in a dugout, watching. Two main stories keep the action moving forward: Each anchors the other, although the story of Angus and the elusive Ebbin is, at first, the more engrossing. While Angus carries out his duties as a junior officer at the front, he continues his search.

Is Ebbin alive or dead?

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At times this dual role overwhelms him, and he surrenders to his surroundings as if he were at sea. The source — a rope, fixed at the top of the trench, stretching the length of a timber to the ground — was tapping in the wind.