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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 Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant Bridget, privately 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 and cut off from the world, 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 supremely moving novel, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together....

Title : Saints for all Occasions (English Edition)
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Format Type : Other Book
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Fleet 15 Juni 2017
Number of Pages : 487 Pages
File Size : 695 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Saints for all Occasions (English Edition) Reviews

  • laurie frances
    2019-05-21 16:19

    Good book, read it really quickly. However the book just finished so abruptly and I thought there was just something missing at the end!I would still recommend it though!

  • Kalamaria
    2019-05-03 11:22

    Nora Rafferty, Irin in erster Generation in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, wird mit Anfang siebzig zu einem Rückblick auf ihr bisheriges Leben gezwungen. Aus einem Anlass, der alles andere als ein beneidenswerter ist: nämlich der Unfalltod ihres ältesten Sohnes, zugleich ihr Liebling.Nora blickt auf ein intensives und wechselvolles Leben zurück - ein Rückblick, in den der Leser einbezogen wird. Mit Anfang 20 ist sie aus einem kleinen irischen Ort ihrem Verlobten Charlie in das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten gefolgt und zwar nicht allein. Sie reiste gemeinsam mit ihrer jüngeren Schwester Theresa, zu der sie bereits seit vielen Jahren keinen Kontakt mehr hat.Doch was sind die Gründe? Nicht nur Nora, inzwischen verwitwet, Mutter von vier - nun, jetzt nur noch drei Kindern - sondern die gesamte erweiterte Familie Rafferty, blickt zurück und zieht eine Bilanz - jeder für sich, wodurch das Bild eines komplexen Gefüges, in dem Geheimnisse eine große Rolle spielen, sichtbar wird.Die Autorin J. Courtney Sullivan lässt ihre Charaktere sich schonungslos öffnen, ihr tiefstes Inneres preisgeben - wenn auch in vielen Fällen nur dem Leser. Denn in der Familie Rafferty ist ein jeder auf seine Art einsam, der eine mehr, der andere weniger. Bei dem einen betrifft dies nur das Familiengefüge bzw. Teile davon, beim anderes geht es tiefer, durchdringt all seine Lebensbereiche. Dazu kommt im Verlauf der Lektüre die Erkenntnis, dass das Gefüge "Familie" auf verschiedenerlei Art existieren kann, auch innerhalb eines einzigen Familienverbandes. Familie: das kann so vieles sein. Oder eben auch nicht!Und es gibt Dinge, die sich nicht so einfach aus der Welt schaffen lassen - vor allem nicht, wenn man als Irin in die Staaten kommt und dort eine neue Existenz aufbaut. Nora hat vieles hinter sich gelassen - in jederlei Hinsicht.Ein Buch, das aus meiner Sicht eine gewisse Ähnlichkeit mit den Romanen von Alison Lurie hat, Teile davon rücken für mich auch in die Nähe der großartigen Anne Tyler. Wobei hier der Aspekt der Einwanderung, die Frage der eigentlichen Heimat zumindest für die Generation Noras, die ältern also, eine große Rolle spielt. Was ist Heimat und wie kann man die Sehnsucht nach ihr befriedigen? J. Courtney Sullivan schreibt sehr mitreißend und eindringlich, kolpotiert das eigentlich schwere Thema mit gekonnter Leichtigkeit, stellenweise auch mit Humor. Das Buch lässt sich leicht weglesen, entbehrt aber durchaus nicht einer gewissen Tiefe, eines wahrhaftig hohen inhaltlichen Anspruchs. Es bleibt ein tiefer Eindruck, der sich nicht so schnell verflüchtigen wird. Gerade deswegen ist es aus meiner Sicht ein richtiger Schmöker - einer mit Niveau, ein Buch, das ich mit Genuss und Gewinn gelesen habe!

  • carilynp
    2019-04-28 11:35

    There are memorable characters and stories and then there are fantastic characters and incredibly moving stories brought to life that allow you to fall deep into a book and forget that they are just that. Stories. This is what happens when you read J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS. Rich storytelling, fraught with intense struggle, torn between two worlds, young girls who leave their home in Ireland for America, not yet ready for this unknown world that awaits and promises a new life, a better one. Terrified, on their own. Husbands-to-be, still too young to process, away from the comfort of home and family, and all that they know. Sisters torn apart over great love that will change their lives forever. They each take a separate course, never knowing what the other is feeling. This is what secrets can do.A new generation enters with their own set of problems. Of this new world, they are only aware of the present, and a bit of their move from Boston’s Dorchester where their large extended family lives to their new home in the farther away Hull. The sudden move was never explained. Their parents’ past is unknown to them. A family tragedy occurs later as the children are grown and life unfolds before them.Sullivan paints a strong portrait of Irish immigrants, the life and hardship that so many left behind with the hope of better jobs, improved education, while holding on to their beliefs and religion in a new country. What the second generation finds is that they are faced with a different set of troubles, yet some resemble similar predicaments of a previous era. We evolve but there is always difficulty and perhaps, we should not be so quick to dismiss the generation before us.

  • A Reader
    2019-05-17 09:08

    I deeply enjoyed this novel. It reminded me of Matthew Thomas's "We Are Not Ourselves," with Alice McDermott influences (Irish immigrants in the states and how they assimilate, etc). Sullivan, an author new to me, takes her time with the various characters in her family narrative, allowing each to have a full story in alternating chapters, beginning in Ireland and covering many years in New England. If you feel like taking your time with a book, you might like this aspect; if you don't, you might become impatient. It's quite detailed. I loved the epic feel of it, the way each member of this complicated family gets his or her due. I agree, though, with others who felt that the ending was too abrupt. The entire book seems to be leading up to a final confrontation/reconciliation between its two main protagonists, and I was dying to see how that played out. In fact, it doesn't play out at all. Sullivan opts for a simple, graceful, woefully inadequate ending to a strong and promising build-up. 4 stars rather than 5 for the disappointing ending. But much gratitude for having discovered a lovely writer.

  • abbismom
    2019-04-24 12:18

    i truly enjoyed this book for many reasons. Its setting is dorchester(boston) ma as well as Hull ma which is on the south shore about 20 miles south of Boston. The time was "my" time...the late 40s amd 50s. The activities are those my family also enjoyed! So all in all it was a perfect historical fiction selection for me! Oh yes, the story was captivating as well. I never wanted to stop reading!

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-05-05 10:35

    I loved every word. J Courtney Sullivan is absolutely brilliant. This book has actually left me speechless with the depth of it's perfection. So, I will simply suggest that you read it. I hope there is a sequel.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-03 11:36

    Sometimes a book is written in such a special way that it grips you right from the start. Saints For All Occasions is such a book. It tells the story of two sisters who come to Boston from Ireland and the impact of the secrets they keep over the course of a lifetime.