ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR "A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to bea skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense." --USA Today "AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED . . . If you have to senda group of peopleto a newly discovered planet tocontact a totally unknown species, whom would you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astronomer, a physician, her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That's who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new novel, The Sparrow. This motley combinationof agnostics, true believers, and misfits becomesthe firstto explorethe Alpha Centuri worldof Rakhat with both enlightening and disastrous results. . . . Vivid and engaging . . . An incredible novel." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "POWERFUL . . . Father Emilio Sandoz <is>the onlysurvivor of a Jesuit missionto the planet Rakhat, 'a soul . . . looking for God.' We first meet himin Italy . . . sullenand bitter. . . . But he was not alwaysthis way, as we learn through flashbacksthat tell the story of the ill-fated trip. . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with graceand intelligence." --San Francisco Chronicle "SMOOTH STORYTELLING AND GORGEOUS CHARACTERIZATION . . . Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them." --Entertainment Weekly SELECTED BY THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
Shelfari edited the description of The Sparrow Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
Shelfari edited the description of The Sparrow Sunday, August 2, 2009.