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Do you have books that you just adore … and then you pass them onto your friends and they are just not a hit?
But the one that gets the most people saying, “Huh? You liked this?” is Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler.
I love that Tyler only writes one novel every four to five years. That convinces me that she really puts passion, research, and thought into each and every one. Her novels are filled with ordinary people in less than extraordinary situations, but she manages to make each character fascinating.
Saint Maybe is about a family and a church. A normal teenager, a new college man, feels responsible for the death of his brother and sister-in-law and becomes guardian to their three children. The tale intertwines the everyday family life with the rules of the cult-like church.
It’s a book I love to read and re-read. It’s hit a note with me since I was 16 years old, and something about the ending and the conflict of rules and religion continues to resonate.
But don’t say I didn’t warn you if you read it and hate it, OK?