by John Boyne
Reviewed by Robin:
Odran Yates, a Catholic priest in Ireland, is the narrator of this fictional story about his forty years in the Catholic church. Odran is satisfied with his priestly duties at a boys' school, but when the Catholic Church is rocked by scandal, he is propelled into a changing environment of attitudes toward the Church and its priests. An intimate look at one man's struggle to face his own personal wounds and a compelling read about the ability of human beings to consciously or unconsciously enter into denial, silence and complicity in the face of what's happening around them.