The Translation of the Bones

The Translation of the Bones

Book - 2011
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Faith or delusion? Fantasy or fact? When word gets out that Mary-Margaret O'Reilly, a slow-witted but apparently harmless young woman, may have been witness to a miracle, religious mania descends on the Church of the Sacred Heart in Battersea. The consequences will be profound, not only for Mary-Margaret but for others too - Father Diamond, the parish priest, who is in the midst of his own lonely crisis of faith, and Stella Morrison, adrift in a loveless marriage and aching for her ten-year old son, away at boarding school. Meanwhile, Alice Armitage counts the days until her soldier son comes home from Afghanistan, and Mary-Margaret's mother, Fidelma, imprisoned in her tower block, stares out over London for hour after hour with nothing but her thoughts for company. Remembering her early childhood by the sea in Ireland, the bleak institution she was sent to and the boy she loved, she hungers for consoling touch. But as Mary-Margaret's attempts to change lives become increasingly desperate, a tragedy ensues The Translation of the Bones is a searingly powerful novel about passion and isolation, about the nature of belief, about love and motherhood and a search for truth.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,� 2011
ISBN: 9780297865094
Branch Call Number: AF KAY

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Zzoe
Mar 19, 2012

There was many things about this book that I liked. One strength was most of the main characters. I really like the different "mothers" in the story and how the relationships with their children and their families were all different, often predicated on life circumstances. The mother of the young son, however, I felt detracted from the story because the author backs away from her POV after a certain life-changing event (I don't want to spoil anything).

All in all an interesting read, but not an inspiring one.

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