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This Is Why I Came
Posted on January 11, 2016 by Bookworm
Alumna Mary Rakow blends fable and theology in her new novel, This Is Why I Came (Counterpoint, 2015). The novel offers readers biblical stories reimagined by Bernadette, a lapsed Catholic who comes back to church on Good Friday after a 30-year absence. Oprah Magazine dubbed This Is Why I Came one of “16 Books To Start 2016 Right.” Rakow’s previous novel, The Memory Room, was shortlisted for the Stanford University Libraries International Saroyan Prize in Literature, a PEN USA/West Finalist in Fiction and was listed among the Best Books of the West by The Los Angeles Times. Reviews for This Is Why I Came: The Atlantic | Boston Globe | Washington Post.
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Thank you so much for this mention and for the links to some of the reviews!
On another note: I’d love to read from the novel at BC if that were ever of interest. I have no readings yet scheduled in the Boston/Cambridge area and it would be a real treat for me. I learn a great deal from readers and have found that the readings generate lively discourse afterward, across a wide belief/disbelief spectrum, all in good will, and this pleases me very, very much. Here’s a video of my reading in early January in Manhattan Beach, CA just for fun. And thank you!
My very best to you and to the work you do here,