The Patron Saint of Liars

The Patron Saint of Liars Ann Patchett
  • Title: The Patron Saint of Liars
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • ISBN: 9781841150505
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Patron Saint of Liars Ann Patchett The Patron Saint of Liars Since her first publication in celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels garnering accolades and awards along the way Now comes a reissue of the best selling debut
    Since her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way Now comes a reissue of the best selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career St Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while Not so Rose CSince her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way Now comes a reissue of the best selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career St Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St Elizabeth s extended family of nuns and an ever changing collection of pregnant teenage girls Rose s past won t be kept away, though, even by St Elizabeth s she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.
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    About Ann Patchett


    1. Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home Home is e stable window that opens out into the imagination Patchett attended high school at St Bernard Academy, a private, non parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley She later attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she met longtime friend Elizabeth McCracken It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.In 2010, when she found that her hometown of Nashville no longer had a good book store, she co founded Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes the store opened in November 2011 In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.


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    1. The story of Rose, a habitual abandoner, who finds herself in a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s The story is about the place almost as much as the people a place where people come for a brief, but life altering, time and then move on It is also the story of the people who stay there Rose, with all her secrets, her daughter, the nuns and the groundskeeper I loved the story of the place and I thought the writing was quite good It held my interest and there were a few really lovely moments wher [...]

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    2. I have mixed feelings about this particular Patchett novel I didn t want to put it down but I wasn t happy when I finished.I was totally sucked in by the story s opening but then the tone changed and the character depth faded a bit The turmoil the main character feels is never discussed once she finds her way to St Elizabeth s, yet it drives the remainder of the novel Just as the story picks up steam again, it s over Given the story line and the characters I thought the story could have been muc [...]

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    3. Ann Patchett s debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, is a beautifully written story about people, secrets, and lies The book s title intrigued me Patron Saint of Liars a conflict between virtue and dishonesty Patchett s writing is quiet and compelling as she shares the story of Rose Clinton, and how her lies affected her life and the lives of those around her After three years of marriage, Rose Clinton finds herself pregnant Unsatisfied with her life, and questioning her love for her husband, [...]

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    4. Bel Canto was sooo amazing drop everything read now fantastic I just had to review the writer s earliest work just as I did with M Chabon The Patron Saint of Liars is a bit tepid, about a place for pregnant girls that used to be a hotel and miracles and family secrets Ann Patchett is religious and tries to inject this, her first work, with lots of godly goodness and extra not extraneous sensitivity her characters, though fully fleshed and complete, have seemingly simple psychologies An okay star [...]

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    5. The Patron Saint of Liars is a story about a young woman who leaves her life to head to St Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers on the other side of the country The story is told in three parts, in chronological order first by Rose, the young woman, then by Son, the groundskeeper at St Elizabeth s, and finally, by Rose s daughter, Cecilia I enjoyed Rose s portion the most, although the likability of her character waned for me as the story progressed Her portion was engaging and got me hooked in [...]

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    6. Yeah, so I actually didn t love this book like I was expecting to It was kind of depressing, and there wasn t an overarching moral lesson or something that made the unhappy ending worth it Don t get me wroing, I loved Bel Canto, and that didn t end happily either, but I actually thought this story would have been better for a different kind of ending At least a redemption of sorts But no luck.My biggest complaint, and this is kind of silly, but I thought the whole point with the healing springs [...]

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    7. Oh, Ann, this was really sub par I was initially interested in the set up, but your lack of deeper exploration into the implications of it made me bored and disappointed This book contains a potentially great premise life for pregnant women in a home for unwed mothers, and life for a family who works there , and in my opinion completely falls flat The book contains selfish characters whose reasons for being so are woefully unexplored Main question WHY does Rose always feel the need to leave plac [...]

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    8. This is the third Ann Patchett book I ve read Of the other two, the novel I really disliked, and the memoir I found only so so They weren t enough to put her on my do not read list, but for authors that I only like a bit, I tend to figure that if I don t like them by the end of the third book, it s not going to change, and I can gratefully set them aside That s where we were starting this book I was expecting this to be my last Now she has a reprieve.Note The rest of this review has been withdra [...]

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    9. This is my third Ann Patchett novel The first one I read was her miraculous gem of a book, Bel Canto The second was the solid, beautifully cadenced tale of a Boston family called Run When I discovered that The Patron Saint of Liars was Patchett s first novel, I assumed that the two books I named above, which came later and which I both adore, would be better crafted, intricate, resonant Turns out her first novel is the one I love the best And that s saying something Patchett is an extraordinar [...]

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    10. I just read this entire book in one sitting The title is what caught my eye, such a wonderful title It is beautifully written, and reminded me of the trance that Alice Hoffman books put the reader into, even though this book did not have the mystical, magical imagery that Hoffman infuses her books with This is a story of Rose, a young woman that marries twice to men that she does not really love, and though she spends her life helping others, never really finds the unknown thing that she is sear [...]

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    11. The Patron Saint of Liars is Ann Patchett s debut novel It is a novel about people, an intriguing places and full of secrets and lies This well written novel is told through the eyes of three characters Firstly, Rose who is an expert at leaving, even through she is with you, Son Wilson , the handyman who marries Rose and Cecilia the daughter I enjoyed this story but did not become engaged or understand Rose and her actions Maybe the author wanted Rose to remain mysterious to the reader Her life [...]

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    12. ON SALE TODAY FOR 2.99 get it if you like darkish, quirky characters where lies obviously, as in the title play their own role.It s been forever since I read this, so forgive the short shrift The story is set primarily at a home for unwed mothers out in the countryside Nuns run the show with the help of a groundskeeper and others who are as important to the story as the girls who spend several emotional months here, delivering life and then leaving.Hiding pregnancy and hiding paternity are lies [...]

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    13. Ann Patchett is probably best well known for having written Bel Canto which I am best known for not having read But I was browsing in Borders one day and happened upon Patron Saint and was finally moved to purchase a book after several months of not having bought any really The story centers around St Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers in Kentucky in the 1960 s One night, a woman named Rose enters the home, unwilling to share her secrets, stating that her husband has died and she will give he [...]

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    14. I hate books like this Ones that start out so promising, and then crap out halfway through Like they get lost in the swirl of it all and then just flush themselves down the toilet in despair At it s most basic, The Patron Saint of Liars is about leaving The blurb on the back cover of the novel is misleading It makes it seem like Rose is the main character, when in fact, we lose touch with her halfway through, when she becomes a shadow of the character we ve been reading about for 165 pages It s [...]

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    15. Sometimes a book is written so well that you get a glimpse into a life you might have otherwise not understood This is one of those books Martha Rose gets married She realizes that she does not love her husband, and begins to feel trapped She finds out she is pregnant She leaves This begins the journey of the rest of her life.This book is about the choices that she makes and the impact that her choices have on others.

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    16. Rose, a young wife in 1968, realizes that she does not want to be married on the same day she learns that she is pregnant So, she gets into her car and drives across the country to a lovely home for unwed mothers without even a note to her husband Soon it is clear that she possesses a quiet strength and a gift for cooking that the nuns who run the home, the fatherly handy man and the other girls come to rely on But, the quiet strength is a wall behind which to hide who she is The novel is divide [...]

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    17. This was the first novel I ve read by Ann Patchett, but it felt strangely familiar and I kept wondering if I d read it before I don t think I had, but maybe I d read another book set in a home for unmarried mothers Or maybe it is that I ve read a number of books where a character walks out on family and home because s he decides they are living the wrong life , as Rose does here I d just read another novel, Kate Atkinson s Behind the Scenes at the Museum, where a central character does just that [...]

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    18. Ann Patchett has always been one of my favorites both for her writing and for her role as an independent bookstore owner setting up Parnassus books when both Borders and Barnes Noble abandoned Nashville as not profitable enough What I have noticed in this her first as well as in other works is that her writing disappears and one finds oneself pulled into the story and moving through it as if part of it I paused for a moment to see if I could determine why this happens and it dawned on me that it [...]

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    19. I ve been on a junket of Patchett books this is my third in the past two months She is a fantastic wordsmith aand generally an excellent story teller This is clearly a less mature effort, with an opaque heroine whose motives remain as elusive and frustrating to us as they do to the folks in this tale Rose runs away from her husband and, almost by whim, moves into a rural Kentucky home for unwed mothers She stays there for many years, without revealing her past to the sisters who run the place, o [...]

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    20. This is one of those books I read years ago, but the characters are still lingering about in my head It s the 1960s and Rose finds herself unhappily married and unhappily pregnant She flees her husband, mother, and life and arrives at St Elizabeth s home for unwed mothers, where she plans to give birth and leave, but probably not to return to her husband, who doesn t even know she s pregnant.The nuns and other expectant mothers at St Elizabeth s turn out to provide healing that Rose didn t even [...]

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    21. This book frustrated me It had an interesting premise and characters that engaged me, however it never went anywhere I m sure there are many who would disagree with me and obviously there are exceptions, but when I read a story I need to know how it ends And if not all spelled out, at least some really great hints, or at worst an idea.This overall depressing book, which admittedly was well written for the most part, just simply ended Everyone had ends that were loose and sad and unfinished I wan [...]

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    22. We listened to the audiobook of THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS by Ann Patchett and read by Julia Gibson while making the 45 minutes drive twice a day to care for a family member This story starts in 1906 with George Clatterbox and his small family A miraculous spring is accidentally discovered on the Clatterbox property resulting in changes to the little village of Habit A wealthy family learned about the miracles and in 1920 built an enormous luxurious hotel beside the holy spring Rich people in fan [...]

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    23. 3.5 starsThe problem with reading an author out of order is that most tend to get better with experience Ann Patchett is one such writer I am definitely a member of her fan club because of novels like STATE OF WONDER and BEL CANTO So when my mom gave me PATRON SAINT OF LIARS, I was eager to start.In keeping with her other books, Patchett does a tremendous job with the setting I could picture Hotel Louisa and the surrounding Kentucky landscape easily in my mind I loved her description of the few [...]

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    24. A few days ago I finished Ann Patchett s first novel, written in 1992 Since then, I have been thinking about why I loved this book as much as I did.Most of the reasons have to do with personal connections It s a girls story, colored by Catholicism and hopeful signs from God for which I, too, have asked many times, especially in my early years Part of the setting s time is the same year that I graduated from my Catholic, all girls high school the setting s place, a home for unwed mothers I had no [...]

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    25. This is the story of Rose in the 1960 s She is young, married, in California After becoming pregnant she decides to mysteriously leave her marriage and travel cross country to stay in St Elizabeth s, a home for unwed mothers The beginning of the story is told in her voice She is a mysterious character to me, because I never figured out her inability to be content in one place Her life is a facade, a series of lies that she tells herself and to others I would say it s the things that she doesn t [...]

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    26. I have been a fan of Ann Patchett for some time have enjoyed her books but had never read her debut novel What a great way to end my 2015 reading This is a story about a young woman named Rose, she lives in California in the 60 s, she marries a man but is never really happy The only thing that seems to make her happy is driving, she loves taking little road trips One day for reasons I cannot post due to it being a spoiler Rose takes off on a long trip ends up in Kentucky at a Catholic home for u [...]

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    27. This book hooked me in the beginning and held me until the truly bitter end I m amazed at the depth of emotion it evoked in me, especially considering that I really could not have cared less about the main character I can t say I enjoyed the book because I didn t like those emotions, mostly frustration because I kept wanting to care, and to understand Rose and her motivations and annoyance and anger with her I almost feel like I have to read it again because I must have dozed, or skimmed over th [...]

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    28. I wasn t really satisfied with this story I was not sympathetic to the main character, Rose at all and never got to the point where I could understand her actions The author didn t really give any reasons for why Rose acted the way she did I just didn t like her The story kind of plodded along, and we are left with the people that Rose left as casualties along the way Not a bad story, but one I was never able to become invested in.

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    29. I really, really enjoyed The Patron Saint of Liars I had previously read Patchett s Bel Canto and wasn t wowed by it, particularly the ending, which I found a little forced But The Patron Saint of Liars was great It tells the story of Rose, a young woman who flees her young marriage, and moved to Kentucky, to a home for unwed mothers to give up the baby, and what happens to her in that place And I just loved it the characters seemed like real characters, their motivations understandable, and the [...]

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    30. I thought I loved anything written by Ann Patchett, but this was an exception The writing was beautiful, but I felt that I couldn t get everything out of the book that she intended without the help of a discussion group or a degree in fine arts On the plus side, I enjoyed all of the characters they were unique and memorable On the minus, it was like a giant short story rich in detail and character description but cryptic in the extreme.I couldn t perceive any arc for the characters, which is one [...]

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