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Philippa Talbot is magnificent. She's the type of woman who sits alone on boards, who's worked her way up alongside "higher-up" men, and who has both men and women working under her. And now she's leaving it all to become a nun. An intricate look at the life of a Benedictine nun, the rhythms and prayers of the silent life are conveyed with a unique clarity of vision. 653 pages, softcover.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 368 Vendor: Loyola Press
ISBN: 0829421289 ISBN-13: 9780829421286 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
"A novel of sensitive dedication." The Atlantic Monthly
"Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing the heart of holiness of the Church. It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle." America magazine
This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In this gripping narrative of the crises surrounding the ancient Brede abbey, Rumer Godden penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious communitya place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love. It is a place where Philippa, to her own surprise and her friends astonishment, finds her life by losing it.
Rumer Godden (190798) was born in England, began writing fiction as an adult living in India, and continued a successful writing career after moving back to England. She is the author of many novels , including In This House of Brede, Black Narcissus, The River, and Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy.