Altar Music

Altar Music Enter a Mysterious Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret Where the Lines Between the Sexual Artistic and Religious Become Blurred This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the st

  • Title: Altar Music
  • Author: Christin Lore Weber
  • ISBN: 9780684868653
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Enter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church Meghan, who dismisses the priest s injunEnter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church Meghan, who dismisses the priest s injunctions about sex until tragedy befalls her family Kate, who so fears God s power to destroy that she shuts herself off from emotion completely and, finally, Elise, whose connection to unknowable forces drives her into the most exhilarating, disillusioning, and haunting experience of her life Written with lyricism and emotional authenticity, Altar Music is a portrait of a nun as a young girl, an epic tale of a family both defined and divided by its religious beliefs, and a powerful story about mothers and daughters.

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    1. this was left on the plane so i snatched it up. its not something i would normally read, but im glad i did. this is about three generations of women and their experiences with catholocism, God, and nuns. it was extremely real (written by a former nun) and great to see how things in life affect how we feel about God and religion and how small and large things change our ways of thinking. it also shows how we change in our beliefs as we grow. there's a lot of sexuality in the book (as within the c [...]

    2. I got this book out of the my library's bargain corner. I didn't know what it was about when I started it, but I was immediately drawn by the lyrical prose.It is in a lot of ways a very difficult book to read because of how graphic portions it are; I can hard stand to read such specific details of abuse.However, I thought that this book is a realistic portrayal of how messed up religion can be. I understand the very strict and conservatively religious mindset and this book could almost be a caut [...]

    3. First novel and a wonderful result! The author was herself a nun for 14 years before she returned to the world and got married. She successfully navigates the fragile boundary between religion, sexuality and family dynamics. I found the book graphic at parts but that may be my own issues clouding my judgement but overall it was a fascinating story.

    4. A book about a young pianist who gives up a potential musical career to become a nun. It's a dark story that denies that God or people who try to represent God can "fix" all the many things that will inevitably go wrong in people's lives--denies the possibility of redemption, in other words.

    5. Three generations of women and their relationship with the Catholic church. A depraved book that delved into every sick sexual abuse and relationship possible that I could not finish it.

    6. This novel explores the power and influence of the church in people's lives, sometimes in very corruptible ways throughout each generation. A very well written first novel by a former nun.

    7. This is a book I started to read and then put down for a very long time. I was glad I finished it. It was worth it. Strong women and music is woven into the fabric of the story.

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