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St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind . . . and who she has become in the leaving.
"Beautifully written. . . . Ann Patchett has produced a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion."
— Boston Herald
"The Patron Saint of Liars is a remarkable novel. . . . Ann Patchett is unique: a generous, fearless, and startlingly wise young writer."
— New York Times Book Review
"In an assured, warm, and graceful style, [Patchett] touches on the healing powers of chance sanctuaries of love and fancy in the acrid realities of livi