All Saints by Liam Callanan

By Liam Callanan

The acclaimed writer of The Cloud Atlas returns with a wondrous moment novel. Set in a small beachfront Catholic highschool, narrated by way of a superbly complicated heroine--theology instructor Emily Hamilton--All Saints is straight away a secret, a love tale, and a strong rumination on secrets and techniques, temptation, and faith.

By life's midpoint Emily has visible 3 husbands, dozens of neighbors, and 1000s of scholars come and cross. And now her lecture room, lengthy her safe haven, is proving to be
anything but.

Though her well known, sometimes irreverent church historical past path is wealthy with tales of long-dead saints, Emily uneasily discovers that it's her personal tumultuous lifestyles that fascinates definite scholars such a lot. She in flip reveals herself drawn into their international, their secrets and techniques, and the fateful offerings they make.

A novel of puzzle and illumination, calling and selection, All Saints explores lives lived in a delicate sanctuary--from Emily and her many saints to a clergyman dealing with his personal mortality and stricken by wish. advised with grace and compassion, this can be a spellbinding novel of provocative storytelling.

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This solidarity was not just a matter of technical co-ordination or co-operation in the hunt. So powerful were the first forms of solidarity that even sexual jealousy was transcended: whole groups of kin-related women were 'married',. collectively, to whole groups of men (Engels 1972 [1884J: 49-50). Because of such 'group marriage', according to the Engels myth, no one could know who the father of a particular child was: only the mother was known. Consequently, kinship tended to be traced only through the female line.

Within this myth-like 'initial version' of the theory, the cultureinaugurating overthrow of Dominance could only be accomplished by Solidarity. The oppressed category of females had to resist their former sexual/reproductive exploitation and found a new, egalitarian order. They had to end the situation in which they had to do all the work. They had to force INTRODUCTION 25 the leisured sex to help in child care for the first time. The obvious thing for them to do in this context was what any oppressed, revolutionary class in such a situation must do - win over to its side those members of the ruling class who in fact have an interest in change.

To explain all this, I put the finishing touches to my model. Somehow - I supposed - in the course of evolution it had become established that blood was simply blood. That is, it made no difference where the blood came from: it was conceptually all the same. The blood of rape, murder or strike-breaking, the blood of the hunt, the blood of menstruation or of childbirth: it was all in the final analysis just blood. However this identification had been arrived at, the important thing was that once the confusion or perceptual merging had been accomplished, an extraordinary result would have been achieved.

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