We Sinners Reviews
"Pylväinen, who grew up in the same fundamentalist faith as her characters, doesn't judge their choices in this remarkably sensitive family portrayal, a powerful and unforgettable debut that manages to balance successfully its multiple perspectives." - Library Journal
"A promising debut, and a glimpse at a hidden American subculture that few readers will suspect even exists." - Kirkus Reviews
"Pylväinen treats both parts of the conversation with understanding in simple prose that does not take sides. The story is not so much about religion itself, but about how it unites, separates, and directs each relationship in this family's life." - Publishers Weekly
"A subtly rendered and powerfully empathetic portrait of a contemporary fundamentalist Christian family by a deeply gifted young writer, Hanna Pylväinen's We Sinners is not only beautiful and heartbreaking, it is important - for what it says about faith, family, and for the humane light it sheds on the cultural fissures that affect every American. This is a book that reminds the reader, on every page, of the uniquely illuminating power of fiction." - Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye
"Swift, absorbing, plainspoken, sincere. This book is an account of an excruciating dilemma: what to do with the family faith if you don't believe it anymore? We Sinners spares no one, least of all the skeptics who have broken from the church and its austerities only to find themselves 'freed from nothing,' confessing in a parking lot, 'I dont know how to live,' and watching the people still inside the fold with undisguised admiration and love. An elegant and penetrating book." - Salvatore Scibona, author of The End
"In a debut collection of dazzling economy, precision, and reach, Hanna Pylväinen explores a familiar yet unfamiliar world - a distinct culture of amazing power - from the points of view of ten different family members with immense sensitivity to her characters, and a surprisingly light, deft touch." - Jaimy Gordon, author of National Book Award Winner Lord of Misrule
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