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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,903 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: Thérèse Plummer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.

Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila's younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.

As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family's history of silence—and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs—and restore them. A gripping, suspenseful tale of one woman's quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharply observed, this is Jennifer Haigh's most ambitious novel to date.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expertly wrought…Ms. Haigh, a subtle, serious novelist who happens to have a flair for capturing troubled family dynamics, never allows Faith to become predictable…Gripping…Substantial.”  

    New York Times

  • “Both riveting and profound…An incredibly suspenseful novel.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Although this all-too-plausible story offers a damning commentary on the Church’s flaws…At its broadest, this is a frank and timely story of familial and institutional heredity; at its most personal, the novel is a devastating portrait of a priest who discovers that he’s also a man.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Plummer excels at narration that is emotional without being mawkish. While raising the question of whether or not Sheila’s brother is guilty, the novel also raises issues of faith in God and in one another. Plummer’s strong narration lends further weight to Haigh’s story.” 


  • “Haigh deals with complex moral issues in subtle ways, and her narrative is beautifully, sometimes achingly poignant.”  

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the June 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/2/2014

    " Art, who had been molested by his uncle, Father Fergus, becomes a Catholic priest. A beloved and loving priest; revered by his congregation. And then he is accused of molesting a child. Art knows that child abuse victims often, but not always, become abusers later in life. Often, but not always. Art was innocent in thought, word and deed. Jennifer Haigh gives us another compelling story. This story asks the question, how do the sins of the father effect the lives of those who follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 12/23/2013

    " 3.5 stars. the book evolved with a little too many subplots but overall I found the views interesting. Should make a great discussion tonight for book club! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 12/19/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, but it made me think and question some of the things I believe as a Catholic. I liked the format the book was written in and that the ending was not what I had anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisamarie Caby | 12/18/2013

    " Such a difficult topic to write and read about, but the characters were so interesting and the story so multi-layered, that it became much more a story about every person's choices and paths. I really enjoyed it. "

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