Saturday, June 07, 2008

Brava, Kristy Kiernan!

Author of Catching Genius and now Matters of Faith, friend of the blog Kristy Kiernan has just received this *glowing* review from Publishers Weekly. Sounds like the perfect pick for summer and your book club.

Matters of Faith Kristy Kiernan. Berkley, $14 paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-425-22179-2

In this tense, well-paced novel about belief, Kiernan explores what happens when faith and love test the limits of family fealty. In southwest Florida, college student Marshall Tobias is in search of something to believe in. He thinks he’s found God and the woman he’s always dreamed of when he falls in love with fundamentalist believer Ada Sparks. But Ada’s against medical intervention for illness, and tragedy results when she sets out to “help” Marshall’s 12-year-old sister, Meghan, overcome her life-threatening allergies. Switching points-of-view between Marshall and his mother, Chloe, Kiernan (Catching Genius) movingly portrays a 20-year-old marriage gone flat and torn apart by crisis, a troubled son, a daughter hovering between life and death, and the hard-to-discern boundaries between true faith and unhealthy fanaticism. She handles her difficult material respectfully. Most interesting is her portrayal of the well-meaning traps parents fall into when encouraging open-ended exploration of faith without context, or choosing to remain silent. The thoughtful themes, interesting characters and page-turning drama of this novel will likely make it a book club favorite. (Aug.)


Anonymous said...


I admit that I love this review, and thanks for loving it along with me.

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Have you framed it? Congratulations, Kristy, it's sure to be a smash success.

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Kristy--I am so happy for you!! The review is wonderful and you deserve it! As a big fan of Catching Genius, I can't wait to read Matters of Faith.


Larramie said...

With great faith I know you won't need a book club to love Kristy's second's beyond "genius."