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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonio Monda Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 22, 2018 ISBN: 9780525632658
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A Catholic priest struggles with memories of an illicit romance in 1970s New York in this powerfully intimate novel of faith and doubt, guilt and love.

New York in the late 70s: fiscal crisis, rising crime, the great blackout of '77--the city seemed to be on an irreversible decline that was battering its very soul. And, to put it mildly, sin was everywhere. Against this backdrop we meet Abram Singer, a Catholic priest with an unusual name and a very dark secret. Born to an absentee Jewish father and a devout Irish mother, Abram always felt like an outsider, someone standing between two worlds. Raised Catholic, he found himself drawn to the meaningful structure of the seminary and became a Manhattan parish priest. Guided by a genuine faith in God, Abram's sincerest wish is to do His work.
     But Abram is not without his human failings, primary of which is lust. Despite his vow of chastity, he is irresistibly attracted to women and has a long-standing relationship with a young woman named Lisa, whom he loves passionately. Their romance, Abram feels, bears the hallmarks of all of his gravest weaknesses--doubt, hypocrisy, and an inability to renounce his own sin. These misgivings threaten to overwhelm him when a stranger calls Abram at the parish threatening to expose his liaison, forcing him to decide whether the risks of continuing with Lisa have become simply too great.
     Told entirely in Abram's straightforward, self-aware voice, Unworthy is both a riveting, morally complex narrative about the nature of faith, loyalty, and identity, and a gritty period piece about a man trying to make his way in one of America's greatest cities. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • With elegance, grace, and clarity, Antonio Monda depicts a crisis of faith and longing in New York in the 1970's. This finely-crafted love story captures the swirling contradictions not only of the past, but of the present, too. Colum McCann, author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and Let the Great World Spin
  • Antonio Monda’s passionate, singular novel gives us a whiskey priest for the ages. In public, Father Abram Singer ministers tenderly to his parishioners, but he’s secretly drowning in vice. He lies, betrays the innocent, steals from the offertory to buy trinkets for his latest inamorata, but he also sees Jesus in the faces of New York’s most abject poor. This is a moving love story and a dark gaze into the abyss, and I savored every graceful, inspired word. Move over, Graham Greene: Monda in the house. Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and The Art of Memoir
  • Antonio Monda has written a striking novel about an unlikely priest, one who is alive with contradictions. This is a beautiful meditation on faith, sex, frailty, and, above all, love. Cathleen Schine, author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport
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