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God Spare the Girls di Kelsey McKinney
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God Spare the Girls (edizione 2021)

di Kelsey McKinney

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"[A] tender, aching debut . . . where faith and betrayal are intertwined." --Elle "A thoughtful and candid meditation on faith, family, and forgiveness . . . a fabulous debut." --Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had  A mesmerizing debut novel set in northern Texas about two sisters who discover an unsettling secret about their father, the head pastor of an evangelical megachurch, that upends their lives and community--a story of family, identity, and the delicate line between faith and deception. Luke Nolan has led the Hope congregation for more than a decade, while his wife and daughters have patiently upheld what it means to live righteously. Made famous by a viral sermon on purity co-written with his eldest daughter, Abigail, Luke is the prototype of a modern preacher: tall, handsome, a spellbinding speaker. But his younger daughter Caroline has begun to notice the cracks in their comfortable life. She is certain that her perfect, pristine sister is about to marry the wrong man--and Caroline has slid into sin with a boy she's known her entire life, wondering why God would care so much about her virginity anyway. When it comes to light, five weeks before Abigail's wedding, that Luke has been lying to his family, the entire Nolan clan falls into a tailspin. Caroline seizes the opportunity to be alone with her sister. The two girls flee to the ranch they inherited from their maternal grandmother, far removed from the embarrassing drama of their parents and the prying eyes of the community. But with the date of Abigail's wedding fast approaching, the sisters will have to make a hard decision about which familial bonds are worth protecting. An intimate coming-of-age story and a modern woman's read, God Spare the Girls lays bare the rabid love of sisterhood and asks what we owe our communities, our families, and ourselves. "A deeply felt book about love -- love for family and community, for people who sustain you and people who disappoint you. And love for God, too, which Kelsey McKinney writes about with humane and incisive frankness."--Linda Holmes, New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over "The accomplishment of this canny novel is in positing coming of age itself as a loss of faith--not only in the church, but in our parents, our family, and the world as we thought we understood it." -- Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind and Rich and Pretty… (altro)
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Really enjoyed. Relatable in many aspects. Enjoyed the sister relationship. ( )
  roseandisabella | Mar 18, 2022 |
really good story about sisters and family and growing up in an evangelical church ( )
  austinburns | Dec 16, 2021 |
A wonderfully written coming-of-age story where you can feel the humidity. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Aug 30, 2021 |
Raised in the third largest megachurch in Texas, younger daughter to the head pastor, Caroline has always felt comfortable there, even if she's in the shadow of her older sister, Abigail. She has decided to go all the way to Austin for college, a decision no one else agrees with, but for her final summer in her hometown, she anticipates nothing more than supporting her sister as she plans for her wedding and to continue whatever it is she has going with a boy she's known her entire life. But when her father's affair is revealed, both her and Abigail's world is turned upside down, both in the shock of discovering his actions and in the speed at which the church moves to paper everything over and move on.

This is a quiet book, about two young women making different decisions in the face of disillusionment. It's also about the sometimes fraught relationship between sisters. It's also about faith that comes from an author who knows the Evangelical world intimately and is, more than anything, both clear-eyed and empathetic in its portrayal. McKinney allows her characters to doubt, to lose their faith and their ability to function within that world, or to invest more deeply in it despite or because of its flaws. Neither a screed nor "inspirational," this novel does a good job of embracing nuance although the heavy use of Evangelical jargon may dismay some readers. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Aug 23, 2021 |
God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney is a very highly recommended family drama and coming-of-age tale about two sisters. This is a sensitive, extremely well-written debut novel that is presented with the emotional depth of a seasoned writer.

Abigail and Caroline (Caro) Nolan are the daughters of Luke Nolan, the head evangelical pastor of a mega church in Hope, Texas, and Ruthie, their mother. Luke Nolan became famous after delivering a sermon on purity that went viral. It was co-written with Abigail, as have most of his sermons, although that fact is unacknowledged. Abigail, however, is the shining example of a perfect daughter. The sisters and their mother have always lived in the shadow of their father and under the scrutiny and expectations of others. The novel opens on the day of Abigail's wedding shower which is held at the house on the ranch the two sisters inherited from their maternal grandmother. Caro, eighteen, is sure Matthew is the wrong man for twenty-four year old Abigail, and is feeling at loose ends. She is leaving for college soon and is questioning everything about her life.

After the shower, Ruthie informs her daughters that she wants to talk to their father alone. Abigail and Matthew take off together and Caro is left at her grandmother's house. Caro calls a young man she's been secretly seeing over to the house and removes the purity ring she has worn for years. Later that evening, after she gets phone reception at the farm, she sees numerous messages. Apparently Luke Nolan has been having an affair and Ruthie has confronted him. He claims it was over a year previously, but now his sin must be brought before the church elders and confessed to the church. Abigail and Caro escape the turmoil and drama created by their father's actions by moving out to the ranch and working out together how they will respond to the betrayal. In the process they uncover some uncomfortable facts about their family dynamics, and make some hard decisions about their future plans, personal faith, and identity.

The main character of the God Spare the Girls is Caro and the novel follows her inner dialogue and emotional turmoil. She and Abigail develop a closer relationship while out on the ranch, isolated, where they are given the time and opportunity to bond and share their true feelings. The two sisters are very different and portrayed as very distinct characters, but the closeness and bond that is present between sisters, even though they have very different personalities, is perfectly captured on the pages. While I longed to talk to Caro and Abigail, to share some insight on faith and family, the sisters do manage to come to decisions about their faith and beliefs for their own lives and develop some inner strength in the process.

God Spare the Girls is very well-written. McKinney captures both the time and place deftly and descriptively. The subtle implications of belief, faith and women's place in the church is handled with sensitivity and a depth of understanding. When Caro discovers more evidence of the affair, which was conducted in the ranch house, it brings a reality to the situation. Betrayal is never a comfortable topic, especially that of a father, but that along with the personal examination and confrontation of their faith and beliefs is depicted with sensitivity and compassion as it effects the daughters of a well-known pastor caught in a scandal.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/06/god-spare-girls.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4078171902 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Jun 25, 2021 |
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Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.    Genesis 19:8 (NIV)
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Marriage, they said, was hard. Marriage was borderline miserable. You hate your husband and you fight all the time and you cry on your date nights. You are broken and sinful and so is he, and your marriage is one everlasting realization of your flaws. But you still have to fight for it. Fight for this relationship that will never be easy. Fight so that he can hand you over to the Pharaoh, or to a group of roving men (if you took the Bible literally), and all the while everything you've worked for goes up in flames.
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"[A] tender, aching debut . . . where faith and betrayal are intertwined." --Elle "A thoughtful and candid meditation on faith, family, and forgiveness . . . a fabulous debut." --Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had  A mesmerizing debut novel set in northern Texas about two sisters who discover an unsettling secret about their father, the head pastor of an evangelical megachurch, that upends their lives and community--a story of family, identity, and the delicate line between faith and deception. Luke Nolan has led the Hope congregation for more than a decade, while his wife and daughters have patiently upheld what it means to live righteously. Made famous by a viral sermon on purity co-written with his eldest daughter, Abigail, Luke is the prototype of a modern preacher: tall, handsome, a spellbinding speaker. But his younger daughter Caroline has begun to notice the cracks in their comfortable life. She is certain that her perfect, pristine sister is about to marry the wrong man--and Caroline has slid into sin with a boy she's known her entire life, wondering why God would care so much about her virginity anyway. When it comes to light, five weeks before Abigail's wedding, that Luke has been lying to his family, the entire Nolan clan falls into a tailspin. Caroline seizes the opportunity to be alone with her sister. The two girls flee to the ranch they inherited from their maternal grandmother, far removed from the embarrassing drama of their parents and the prying eyes of the community. But with the date of Abigail's wedding fast approaching, the sisters will have to make a hard decision about which familial bonds are worth protecting. An intimate coming-of-age story and a modern woman's read, God Spare the Girls lays bare the rabid love of sisterhood and asks what we owe our communities, our families, and ourselves. "A deeply felt book about love -- love for family and community, for people who sustain you and people who disappoint you. And love for God, too, which Kelsey McKinney writes about with humane and incisive frankness."--Linda Holmes, New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over "The accomplishment of this canny novel is in positing coming of age itself as a loss of faith--not only in the church, but in our parents, our family, and the world as we thought we understood it." -- Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind and Rich and Pretty

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