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“I loved reading this book. The characters were fascinating and I sort of understood that there would be no explanation for the way Rose was. I did not like the ending which always affects the my thoughts about the book but I would still recommend it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“An amazing first novel.”Johnnyjay wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“stupid ending. ”Monica wrote this review Saturday, August 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's told from three different points of view and it's both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's definitely a cautionary tale for those who want to break away from their past while still keeping a little bit of it with them!”Susie Peyton wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting blend of period traditions, well-drawn characters, and thought-provoking themes. The novel wavers in plot consistency at times but overall was very enjoyable.”Judy F wrote this review Monday, May 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“didn't like the ending”Karen H wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well developed, interesting characters.”Kris Groves wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bought the paperback for myself a while ago & just got around to reading it. Great characters. ”SandraD wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ann Patchett's first novel doesn't hit its stride until Son's section--about 60 percent into the book. Rose, the unlikable heroine, arrives at St. Elizabeth's pregnant with all intention of giving up her baby and moving on. Instead Rose stays, marries Son--the middle age handyman--who she doesn't love. Son's chapters are the highlight of this book. His tragic story would have been a brilliant novella all its own. Son's chapters make this book worth reading, but you might only want to read that section. ”Hannah E Kaufman wrote this review Tuesday, March 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS centers around three characters; Rose, Son, and Cecelia. The story mostly takes place in Kentucky at St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mothers, run by the Catholic Church. The home is an old hotel, big and beautiful.
I really didn't understand the main character Rose and what made her tick. She just comes across as selfish and somewhat narcissistic and uncaring (can you tell I didn't really like her?) Son is big and strong and caring and his back story is quite interesting. Cecelia (the daughter) will probably need some intense therapy.
The nuns in the story are awesome. They are so wise; there's nothing like a good, old, wise nun. There aren't too many left now, and Sister Evangeline is one of the good ones.
This is just a really good book where the story flows through all of the characters. The stories don't link them together, but sets them apart, which is another good way to tell a story.”