A handsome priest named August Day arrives in the well-ordered town of Mercy, Manitoba, to take over the church of St. Mary Immaculate. In the first days of his tenure he falls in love with the young bride of the town butcher. Their mutual obsession grows to the point that its aftermath leaves scars on the town decades and generations after their love affair is over.
This was a very literary type story that unfortunately seemed to ramble about with no distinct plot. The book was divided into two sections, which seemed to be very different stories with few overlapping connections.
The ending left me confused, There was no real conclusion and a lot of questions were left unanswered.
I was surprised at the amount of sexual references and overtones in the book. It was a little jarring and unexpected. For such a discreet time period with puritanical characters, sex played a large role in the book.
Overall, the story was not what I was expecting, and I was felt feeling unsatisfied.
Challenges read for:
Canadian Book Challenge 5 – book 13
2012 Ebook Challenge – book 5