Gene Lyons
September 18, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mariette in Ecstasy

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ron Hansen
publisher
HarperPerennial Library
genre
Fiction, Politics and Current Events

We gave it an A+

When 17-year-old Mariette Baptiste enters a convent in 1906, she seems the model of piety. But she quickly grows more zealous, eventually displaying the wounds of Christ on the cross. Right up to its final jolting glimpse of Mariette in middle age, Mariette in Ecstasy is an astonishing novel, maybe even a great one. A+

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