Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett~★★★★

Author: Ann Patchett
Title: The Patron Saint of Liars
Release Date: March 18th, 2003
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Perennial Ed.
Genre: Fiction

Book Cover: "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 left behind...and who she has become in the leaving." 

Taryn's Review: My first semester of school is almost over, and I am going to go the library, take a deep breath of the musty book smell there and then probably checkout half of the book collection for my own reading pleasure over break! I can't wait to read books of my own choosing again (even if it's temporary!).

This book, The Patron Saint of Liars, is a mystery to me as to why I like it so much. Rose was not understandable nor relatable to me. She made odd choices and I don't understand why she made the choices she did. But I was drawn to Rose and I was fascinated by the way Patchett had us getting to know her, but yet kept Rose at a distance (much like the relationship Rose has with most of the characters in the book). I also adored some of the characters Rose encountered at St. Elizabeth's.

I really enjoyed the setting of St. Elizabeth's and the characters that Patchett created there. The location of the book is one I am very familiar with, so it was fun to try and visualize the place (even if St. Elizabeth's isn't real!).

Rose probably isn't a character who you'll love or even respect, but the people around her and the impact of the choices she made set the scene for really good read, in my opinion. I don't think I'd classify it as chick-lit or a happy book, but it does make you think about why we do the things we do and how our choices affect other people's lives immediately and in the future.

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