#18 – In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

I love novels about nuns and wanted to include one in my list. Frankly, this post was a toss-up between In This House of Brede, Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy, and Mark Salzman’s Lying Awake. The last two are more contemporary and perhaps more exciting from a plot perspective.

But I liked In This House of Brede because, more than being a story of an individual’s  journey, it’s really the story of a community that, while isolated, changes over time in response to the changing world outside its walls. Great characters, too.

Credit where credit is due: I first heard about this book from SPU President Philip Eaton’s blog.

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