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Motherhouse

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Motherhouse

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jeanine Hathaway
genre:
Fiction, Memoir

We gave it an A-

Set in the ’60s, this autobiographical first novel about the education of a nun is a thorough examination of faith in the age of doubt. When 18-year-old Jeanine enters the Dominican order, her incisive intellect chafes against a church that tells her to ”weaken, so Jesus can do something with you.” After a family tragedy, her faith fails her completely. Writing with a controlled fury, Jeanine Hathaway stretches the possibilities of language while she tests the limits of Catholicism in Motherhouse. A-