From Publishers Weekly
In her previous memoir, Parched
, King wrote about two decades of squandering my talents, sleeping around, smoking cigarettes, and swilling Sea Breezes at 8 a.m. in Sullivan's Tap, saving her conversion to Catholicism for the epilogue. Here she looks at what she considers the more interesting part of her story (nothing is more boring than degradation)—her everyday life without alcohol, with God and yet still full of struggle and pain. Sometimes I think anyone as drawn as I am to suffering would have had to become a Catholic, she writes. The book starts off as straight memoir: sobriety, frustration, attraction, conversion. In the fifth chapter, however, she shifts to topical essays with a pronounced theological bent. King, familiar to many from her commentaries on NPR's All Things Considered
, maintains her signature self-deprecatory humor throughout, at the same time offering readers plenty to chew on as she reflects on her father's death, her bout with breast cancer, the end of her marriage, the importance of humility and the inevitability of loneliness. Though suffering is a constant theme, King's faith sees beyond the pain: heaven is not some other world, but shot all through the broken world where we already live. (Feb. 18)
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Présentation de l'éditeur
After decades of living on the edge, Heather King settled into sobriety, marriage, and a financially lucrative but unfulfilling career as an upwardly mobile lawyer. As someone who had reached middle age "never believing in much of anything,"she found herself in the last place she thought she'd end up: the Catholic Church. An unforgettable, fervent, darkly funny tale of an ongoing, stumbling conversion, Redeemed
will appeal to fans of Lauren Winner's Girl Meets God
and Anne Lamott's writing. King's refreshing sense of humor, mesmerizing voice, and piercing honesty will touch readers whatever their beliefs.