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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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Saints for All Occasions
A novel
By (author): J. Courtney Sullivan
9780307949806 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary May 29, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.89 in 432 pages Vintage
The New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement returns with an elegant and masterful family saga about the sacred bond between two sisters.

It’s been half a century since sisters Theresa and Nora fell out of each other’s lives. After traveling to America from the Irish village of their childhood, an unspoken devastation forced the two down separate paths. Serious, somber Nora becomes the matriarch of a large Catholic family, raising four children. Once vivacious and adventurous, Theresa is now a cloistered nun in rural Vermont. When a sudden death sends the family reeling, Nora and Theresa are forced to confront the choices that split them apart in the first place. The secrets they’ve kept since they were young women in Boston in the 1950s have haunted them for decades, but finally shedding light on their guilt may be the salve that heals their broken bond. With a tender touch and a weaver’s expertise, Sullivan tells the unforgettable story of two complicated and resilient women.

BESTSELLER AND INDIE STATUS: Saints for All Occasions debuted at number 5 on The Washington Post bestseller list, hit the Publishers Weekly list, and spent 13 weeks on the ABA Indiebound list. It was also a May 2017 Indie Next selection.

AMAZING PRAISE: Ron Charles of The Washington Post called the novel “this year’s best book about family.” Elle magazine called it “a blockbuster,” and it received glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other prominent publications.

BOOMING BACKLIST: J. Courtney Sullivan’s novels continue to perform extraordinarily in paperback. Our Vintage edition of Maine is in its sixteenth printing, and this new novel hews most closely to that one in its themes and setting. Together, Sullivan’s paperback editions have sold a combined 270,000 copies in the US.

READING GROUP POTENTIAL: Saints for All Occasions is also an ideal choice for book clubs, with much to discuss and many characters to connect with.

J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Engagements, Maine, and Commencement. Maine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book. The Engagements was one of People magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Milton, MA

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“Fabulous and smart.”—Emma Straub, The New York Times

“Moving…. Eloquently testifies to the durability of the fabric of family…. Touched with…warmth, kindness and gentle wisdom.”—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“A breathtaking literary ode to life, change, and the unbreakable bonds of family.”—Redbook

“Carefully plotted…. Sullivan succeeds in creating a believably complicated, clannish Irish-American family…. Engrossing.”—Suzanne Berne, The New York Times

“An engrossing family drama…. Sullivan’s profound understanding of her characters and the Irish-Catholic culture that defines them illuminates every scene.”—Kim Hubbard, People magazine

“This year’s best book about family…. Elegant…. Captivating…. Deft and insightful…. A quiet masterpiece…impressive. Saints for All Occasions is so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible. In a simple style that never commits a flutter of extravagance, Sullivan draws us into the lives of the Raffertys and in the rare miracle of fiction makes us care about them like they were our own family.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“A blockbuster…. An engrossing family drama with feisty humor and transformative tough love.”—Elle

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