Title: Dearly Beloved, The
Authors: Wall, Cara
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 338
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: When Charles Barrett and James MacNally are appointed as co-pastors for the Third Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1963, it could quite possibly be a match made in heaven. However, that is, until their wives Lily and Nan are added to the mix and like it or not, over the decades that follow their lives will inevitably be intertwined.

With nary an ounce of piety to be seen, this is a balanced and thought-provoking exploration of faith, giving equal voice to its well-defined quartet of characters, and the congregation they serve, as they wrestle with the vicissitudes of life.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The book is well-written. It flows well and it inspires thought."

"At first it seemed to be a light read, but many of the issues raised in the book provide great food for thought."

"This was a book I really enjoyed and I think groups will enjoy discussing it."

"There are some touching and sincere moments in the book, but I feel many readers wouldn't like the religious content."

"Overall, this is a charming read and I enjoyed it much more than I had expected."

"When I saw the title I was a little apprehensive however I enjoyed the book. While it's about faith, it's also about marriage and families."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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