All posts tagged: Catholicism

Dave Patterson talks about his sublime coming-of-age, which reads like a memoir, his wavering faith, brotherhood, and so much more in SOON THE LIGHT WILL BE PERFECT

By Leslie Lindsay Two brothers struggle to survive a traumatic summer in rural Vermont is as haunting as poignant.  Buzzfeed included Soon the Light Will be Perfect on their list of 37 Amazing New Books this Spring SOON THE LIGHT WILL BE PERFECT (Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins, April 2 2019) is one of those books that’s just so gorgeous and authentic, you forget you’re reading–and then you question if it’s truly fiction because the author does such a fantastic job of pulling the reader right into the story with tiny observations that feel very accurate. Our unnamed narrator is a 12-year old boy on the cusp of young adulthood. He lives with his family in a poverty-stricken area in Vermont. But the family has done well enough that they are able to move away from the trailer park. His mother is a homemaker and his father works at a weapons manufacturing plant. The date is never specified, but we glean the story is set in the late 1980s or early 1990s because 1) it’s a coming-of-age novel and 2) The Gulf War is just beginning. …

Wednesdays with Writers: Luminous debut author Sarah Domet talks about how she struggled with story structure, how her book, THE GUINEVERES is all about the universal themes of hope, suffering, storytelling, when to break the rules, and so much more

By Leslie Lindsay  Let me introduce you to this luminous debut, THE GUINEVERES, brimming with wisdom about four girls caught in the throes of a war, their own burgeoning sense of self, fought with religious strife. Gwen, Vere, Win, and Ginny, collectively referred to as “The Guineveres,” four girls all sharing the same given name, Guinevere. One by one, they are dropped off at the Sisters of Supreme Adoration Convent by their families in…?? (well, that’s part of the mystery). For one reason or another, the girls’ families made the tireless (and perhaps rash) decision to abandon their daughters, not as infants, as one may believe, but as late childhood closed/early teenage-hood. This audacious novel has already drawn comparisons to THE VIRGIN SUICIDES by Jeffrey Eugenides as it is a mesmerizing, character-driven narrative rift with deep wisdom and psychological insight. Domet brilliantly weaves the ordinary and miraculous to tell a timeless story of faith, longing, and female friendship. Join me in welcoming debut author Sarah Domet to the blog. Leslie Lindsay: Sarah, I am always, …