Lucy B. (Urbana, Ohio)
Mary from Swallow
I have to admit that I never heard of the Roches. It is my feeling that a lot of the people in the traveling music business have demons in their past. The storyline about Mary Saint from Sliced Ham was sad. Her family troubles that caused her to leave home, plus her troubles along the way, and finally ending up back in her hometown after many years did make an interesting read.
Deb Y. (Blanco, TX)
What a lovely book!
It seems, when I read other readers' reviews, that mine do not dissect the book the way some do. If it holds my interest and don't want to stop after the first three or four chapters, I will finish it. This is one of those books. I liked it. I would imagine quite a few reviewers might not. However, I loved Suzzy's word choices and enjoyed the story. It let me know that, in many ways, you really can go home again.
Lisa G. (Riverwoods, IL)
Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche
From the first page to the last I was enthralled with this quirky fun read. There was some symbolism that was immediately obvious, aka the book's title, the main character's first and last name, Mary Saint, and some not as obvious, as the location Swallow, NY and how "swallow" is translated in the Bible. A rock group called Sliced Ham and a drummer named Garbagio (well OK, it isn't his real name) just add to the cleverness of the book. The author was part of a singing group with her sisters in the 1970's and draws on her expertise of the music business to make the story even more enjoyable. Comical and creative, I liked the book a lot.
Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)
I didn’t know what to expect from "Wayward Saints". It turned out to be very enjoyable and once I began the book, I couldn’t put it down. I really cared about the characters and wanted to know how the story would end.
Mary Saint escapes her physically abusive father, Bub, and passive mother, Jean, and goes on to become a second tier, grunge style R&R star. After the death of her lover, a fellow band member, Garbargio, she goes into a tailspin, too many drugs, too much sex and you can fill in the rest.
A high school teacher in her hometown of Swallow decides to find Mary and ask her to do a concert at the school. He’s amazed to find out that Mary’s mother Jean lives in Swallow. Jean has lived a sad, lonely life, she finds a bit of domestic peace and freedom when her husband Bub is put in a nursing home, but she has never understood her daughter.
I don’t want to give away the secrets and some plot twists that occur in this book. There is a religious theme that runs throughout stemming from Mary’s early obsession with the Virgin Mary and her mother’s strong Catholicism. However, it is not preachy.
All in all I really liked this book and would recommend it to friends. I look forward to Suzzy Roche's next book.