The Dearly Beloved

The Dearly Beloved

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Set in the years 1950-1970 in a changing America and London, follow[s] two married couples - ministers and academics - whose intricate bonds of faith and friendship, jealousy and understanding, are tested by the birth of an autistic child"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982104528
Branch Call Number: F WAL
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 12, 2020

I'm not even going to try to review this book thoroughly. I feel a heavy bias regarding the content and wouldn't want that to deflect from a very well-written book one way or the other. The Dearly Beloved came highly recommended from a reader friend and rightly so. It was moving, conflicting, sad, and uplifting. I felt a number of strong emotions and it had me reflecting and contemplating. Some of the bigger messages in this story spoke to where I am in my own life right now, as well as the current social climate. I think this is a book that will mean different things to different people, but in the end each person should experience a thought-provoking story from a very talented debut author. Ultimately, I think that this was a brave piece of literary fiction and I'm thrilled that it has received so much recognition and reader love.

Jun 20, 2020

Interesting to travel though two couples relationships and with each other. Also their views on faith and good works.

May 02, 2020

Very good!

Greene_SusanJ May 01, 2020

This book was a surprise! I wasn't sure I liked it as it took a moment to latch on, but I found myself adding stars to my review as the pages passed. Thought provoking and enjoyable!

Mar 28, 2020

I was committed to reading this novel from the first sentences, "On the day Charles Barrett died, James MacNally closed the door to his study, sat down in his chair, and laid his head on the thick edge of his desk so he could weep. His wife, Nan, did not knock to be let in, though his rough, heavy sobs hit her like stones." I wanted to know who this Charles Barrett was to James MacNally and how Nan fit into that relationship, and the novel did not disappoint. This is a gentle, beautifully written novel of how we try to make a good life--of friendship and love and faith and disappointment. It is unique among the books I've come across recently in how sensitively it explores the question of whether, why, and how God exists, and what makes good church leadership. It is also powerful in the way it upholds struggle and commitment as integral and necessary in life.

Feb 28, 2020

Thought provoking and very well written. it will challenge you in the realm of faith

Feb 14, 2020

i enjoyed this book much more than i thought i would. the characters are wonderful, deep, complicated.

Jan 20, 2020

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times.

Dec 30, 2019

Excellent.Thought provoking, the type of book that stays with you and makes you consider
humanity, religion, friendship with renewed appreciation. Look forward to reading more from this author.

Dec 06, 2019

october book club

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