How would you react if someone close to you was accused of a horrific crime? What if the accused was your brother? Would you stand by him? What if he was a priest and the crime he was accused of was sexual molestation of a young boy? This is question plaguing Sheila, the main character in FAITH, the new novel by Jennifer Haigh.
Haigh chooses to tackle a topic most of us won’t talk about in polite company and she challenges us as readers to ask these questions of ourselves. Though I won’t give it away here, in the FAITH, we do get to find out exactly what happened and whether or not Father Art Breen is guilty. But in many of these real life situations it is one person vs. another and the truth will only really ever be known by the accused and the accuser. Tough stuff.
Jennifer took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with me phone about the book, her own discovery of the “truth” in the story, her writing process and even what she’s working on next. (Fans of her earlier book BAKER TOWERS will be want to tune in for that alone!)
As always, I hope you enjoy the interview. And be sure to check out the rest of the author interview series on iTunes!
– Dana Barrett, Managing Editor
PS – If you’re in the Atlanta area, join Jennifer, author Amy Waldman and myself at the Decatur Book Festival for a talk about their books!