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J. Courtney Sullivan’s ‘Saints for All Occasions’ Explores Family Secrets

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Read on for a review of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions, by Jane Green, author of The Sunshine Sisters. Nora and Theresa Flynn are 21 and 17 when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a…

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Book to Movie: 3 Books Capturing the Uneasy Times of American Pastoral

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The film adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, releases in theaters this Friday, October 21 and it looks amazing:   The film stars Ewan McGregor as Swede Levov, a charmed man who seems to be living the perfect American Dream. But then 1968 rolls around, and his once-loving daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) commits a political crime that kills an innocent bystander and blows up Swede’s once perfect world. Now, Swede’s marriage is in trouble, his daughter is on the run, and he has to confront the reality of what the ‘American Pastoral’ truly means. The book is dark, compelling and compassionate, and the film promises to live up to its status as a modern classic. But once the…

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