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Saints for All Occasions
352 pages; Knopf
Young, Irish and idealistic, Nora and Theresa Flynn cross the Atlantic to start their new lives in Boston. Nora is 21, practical and engaged to be married to a young man from her village. Theresa is only 17—romantic, outspoken and ready to sway in the arms of strangers who frequent the late-night dances "that felt like magic." Fifty years later, the two are not speaking and Nora's oldest child has died in a drunken driving accident. What happens in between is full of complexity and richly imagined history about the women's lives, revealing the power and pain of the past.
— Leigh Newman