The Patron Saint of Liars

The Patron Saint of Liars

Book - 2011
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Rose, married for three years, decides she has made a mistake and leaves her husband, traveling from California to Kentucky to take up residence in a home for unwed mothers where she plans to have her baby and give it up for adoption, but she soon discovers life still holds some surprises.
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2011.
Edition: First Mariner Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780547520209
0547520204
Branch Call Number: FIC PATC
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 21 cm

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Mountainlaurel57
Feb 17, 2020

Odd book and the title is apt for the main character

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nalahblueberry5
Jun 20, 2019

I like Ann Patchett a lot, so it's hard for me to find fault with an author who I consistently enjoy. This was her first novel and there is a lot of good stuff in it. Solid.

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Diana_in_Ballard
Oct 04, 2018

Rose, a beautiful and mysterious woman living at St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mother, has no intention of telling her mother or her husband about her pregnancy, until a healing spring near the home changes her mind.

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mbgross01
Sep 11, 2018

This is the first novel that I have read by Ann Patchett. I was drawn to her characters, always wanting to know more about each of them. Rose was such a troubled soul. What came across to me was that, in her act of leaving her former life behind, she never recovered from missing her own mother. She transferred that love to the aging Sister Evangeline, but somehow couldn't form a bond with her own child. The story is filled with such wonderfully relatable characters: June, Sister Evangeline, Thomas, Son and Cecilia, to name a few. So much went unsaid among them. You could Feel Cecilia's pain and frustration in the inability of her parents to communicate, both to each other and to her. It was heartbreaking at times. A wonderful read, and I look forward to reading the rest of the author's books.

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OllPuff9
Dec 19, 2017

For a first novel this is astonishing. I read it in a day. I couldn't put it down, always wanting to know what was next. I can say that about very few authors except Stephen King.

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buffer47
Aug 19, 2016

I loved the compassionate way that the writer presents and develops each of the characters - reminding me that there really are so many things that we really do not know about others, and that to judge is to really miss the essence of humanity..

Rosie Hartzler

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kozakd
Jul 17, 2013

A fine story of ordinary people told in an extraordinary way. As in real life, people can't change who they are and there are few Hollywood endings.

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VRMurphy
May 08, 2013

Another very good read from this author. She has a gift in drawing individual characters that feel like real people you can care about. This is a story of "small" lives that proves the maxim about the entire universe being contained in a grain of sand.

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CatherineDerksen
Aug 31, 2012

brianreynolds, who left a comment, sums up Ann Patchett's books the best, especially this one.

Her books are great to read, however the endings always seems to disappoint.

Regardless of the ending, this book is a wonderful read.

ontherideau Aug 18, 2012

Ann Patchett has 26 letters to work. Those letters magically create people we can care about.

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