The Patron Saint of Liars

Thoughts by Ann Patchett, Mariner Books (first pub’ 1992), 402 pages

Challenge: for #WiaN2023, category 7 Deadly Sins

Genre/Theme: Adult Fiction; mother-daughter relationships

Type/Source: eBook Libby

What It’s About: Rose accepts her sign from God to marry, but she prefers to drive.

Rose marries a fine man. She loves her mother. But she just cannot live the life as presented to her and she flees to a far corner and accepts where she lands. She is pregnant and accepts those terms, SORT OF. She finds a place for her in the midst of this somehow and . . .

SPOILER ahead –> just highlight to read it:

when the old life encroaches on the newly established, she drives off again. She leaves a daughter distraught with questions and confusions as to what comes next.


Thoughts: Patchett knows “people”, knows the ache of longing and frustration against the pull of responsibility. I love her.

Rating: Four slices of pie. LOTS of pie mentions! Lots of whipped cream.

“”In the hospital,” Rose said, pinching in the edges of a pie crust, or maybe it was a tart. Nothing was a plain old pie with her anymore.”

many other pie mentions, including apple…




9 thoughts on “The Patron Saint of Liars

  1. This is one of the few novels by Patchett that I have yet to read! I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed so well. I’ll have to order a copy so that I don’t forget to read it. TBR lists are fine, but with hundreds listed, I forget all that I want to read unless it’s staring me in the face. 🙂

    1. I have that problem, too. I think that is why I like the category kind of reading challenges; it makes me look at my want-to-read lists. I do need to cull my physical stacks of unread books but I will likely walk away from my goodreads list without any attempt to diminish it. People laugh at me for how long it is.

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