A sweeping, unforgettable novel fromÂ The New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart. Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn't sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan--a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Â
Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, quietly preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora's favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers,Â Saints for All OccasionsÂ explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together. Â
J. Courtney Sullivan is TheÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author of the novelsÂ The Engagements,Â Maine, andÂ Commencement. MaineÂ was named a 2011Â Time Magazine Best Book of the Year and aÂ Washington PostÂ Notable Book.Â The EngagementsÂ was one ofÂ PeopleÂ Magazine's Top Ten Books of 2013 and anÂ Irish TimesÂ Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, NewYork magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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