The Crooked Heart of Mercy

The Crooked Heart of Mercy

Book - 2016
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The Crooked Heart of Mercy is a brave, funny and heartbreaking novel about faith and family, love and forgiveness, and how people survive unimaginable loss. It features an indelible trio of characters who could only come from the imagination of Billie Livingston. There's Ben, whose world we enter on the first page: he's a limo driver who, after he loses his son, finds himself locked up in a psych ward with a hole in his head he can't explain. His wife, Maggie, the other narrator of the story, is locked up in her own grief, unable to reach out to her husband. Then there is Maggie's brother, Francis, an unlikely priest with a drinking problem and only occasional interest in celibacy, whose latest fall from the wagon was caught on video and has gone viral as Drunk Priest Propositions Cop .
     How they come together to heal each other's many wounds is the magic of this novel, as is its intensity, its wit, its deep sense of the absurd, and the surprising grace at its core.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345815385
Branch Call Number: FIC Livin
Characteristics: 261 pages


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Sep 12, 2016

I loved this book! I could not put it down. It read like a thriller although it was actually a character driven drama. Livingston reveals her characters' stories and their connections to each other masterfully and keeps us hopeful even in the darkest moments. The writing is so vivid - I felt privileged to spend time in these characters' lives. Can't wait for more from Livingston!

May 10, 2016

Beautiful book. The language is poetic and raw. The characters feel genuine. At its heart, this novel is a layered meditation on faith and love but one that manages to be both gripping and sporadically, quite funny.

Apr 16, 2016

Not my type of writing or book

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