The Edge of Sadness

The Edge of Sadness

“A realistic Christian novel of hope in a non-Christian age.”—New England Quarterly

“A deeply felt and eloquently expressed work . . . A quiet, gentle novel of considerable insight and charm . . .”—Library Journal
“O’Connor succeeds in delineating poignantly the overwhelming spiritual storms of the soul which assail the conscientious clergyman.”—The Christian Century

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
 
In this moving novel, Father Hugh Kennedy, a recovering alcoholic, returns to Boston to repair his damaged priesthood. There he is drawn into the unruly world of the Carmodys, a sprawling, prosperous Irish family teeming with passion and riddled with secrets. The story of this entanglement is a beautifully rendered tale of grace and renewal, of friendship and longing, of loneliness and spiritual aridity giving way to hope.

Title:The Edge of Sadness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780829421231
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    The Edge of Sadness Reviews

  • booklady

    Even the title should warn you that this book is not for everyone. But if you are the type of reader who enjoys psychological mysteries, then you will find Edwin O'Connor's study of the priesthood in ...

  • Tracy Towley

    While I do like to think that I have a decent sense of humor, I've never been one to laugh out loud much.This book is probably the first book I've ever read that had me constantly cracking up. However...

  • Alex

    I love, love, love this book. It's like legitimately my favourite book of all time and I have no idea why. Normally when people ask me what my favourite book is I say Moby Dick (which I love also) bec...

  • Laysee

    My first thought when I read the initial chapters of “The Edge of Sadness” was why I was laughing so much. I was anticipating long hours stewing in a miry bog of despair. I did not expect the gen...

  • Heidi'sbooks

    Pulitzer Prize Winner 1962. You know how I always rant about the non-literary quality of christian fiction? Well.... Rant over. I found the novel I've always been wanting to read.The book tells the st...

  • Eileen

    I came upon this treasure by following some goodreads threads, and was initially daunted by the sheer length as it’s over six hundred pages. However, after I began there was no doubt it was a keeper...

  • Conor

    This is a achingly beautiful book. It is hard to describe because not much external "action" occurs but the movement of the heart is remarkable. The story of Father Hugh Kennedy, a recovering alcoholi...

  • Doug

    If the edge of sadness is melancholy, then this might be an aptly-titled book, but I think the title is its primary flaw. I imagine a lot of people skip over "The Edge of Sadness" because of the title...

  • Charles Lewis

    I seem to like books with really upbeat titles. This is the story of an alcoholic priest who returns home after being away for years drying out. There is nothing spectacular that happens here — no c...

  • Drew

    A soft and slow-to-unfold story. A gentle, drowsy novel with great character description, comprised primarily of well-written dialogue that made characters vivid. I'm not sure I like this book, but I'...