The Guineveres

The Guineveres

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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"In the vein of The Virgin Suicides, a dazzling debut novel about four girls inexplicably named Guinevere, all left by their parents to be raised by nuns"-- Provided by publisher.
Gwen, Ginny, Win and Vere are all actually named Guinevere. They are all under the strict guidance of the nuns at Our Lady of Perpetual Adoration. They have different and equally heartbreaking reasons for coming to live at the convent. Guided by the controlling Sister Fran and the spiritually inept Father James, they work in the convalescent wing as punishment, taking care of five unidentified and comatose soldiers. When one of the soldiers awakens and another girl is sent home with him to help with his recovery, each friend imagines a future with "her" soldier outside the constraints of the religious community.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683243335
Characteristics: 518 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 16, 2017

It’s possible a catholic background is necessary to fully appreciate this coming of age story of four girls named Guinevere who bond for the simply reason of their names after each was abandoned by their family in a convent/orphanage. Domet totally nails the magical thinking and vulnerability of teen-age girls.

Oct 27, 2016

I really enjoyed this unique coming-of-age story. Four girls named Guinevere become close after being left by their families to grow up in a convent, from which they desperately want to escape. They see a chance to leave when wounded soldiers arrive at the convent, and the girls form a plan to return to the outside world to nurse "their boys"--if the boys ever wake up from their comatose states. Charming and bittersweet, the book shows us how the girls wrestle with questions of friendship, faith, and forgiveness. I loved Sarah Domet's writing--she created a beautiful and melancholic world filled with hope and tragedy and characters who embodied the same qualities. I'm already eager to read more from her.


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