BookBrowse Reviews The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

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The Possibilities of Sainthood

by Donna Freitas

The Possibilities of Sainthood
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2008, 280 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2010, 304 pages

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Young Adult: Grandmothers, mothers and daughters will enjoy sharing this comic story of a miraculous first romance

Fifteen year old Antonia Lucia Labella is sweet, funny and ambitious. She's eager to shake up the Vatican, and ready to be touched (literally) by love. Grandmothers, mothers and daughters will enjoy sharing this comic story of a miraculous first romance.

Antonia lives with her widowed mother and her grandmother above the family's grocery store and attends an all-girl Catholic school in an Italian neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Labellas and their neighbors are devout Catholics, and their days are full of prayers, blessings, celebrations and petitions to an attentive assembly of specialized saints ready to help them when they are forgetful, sick, unlucky, or unloved. On the first-person novel's first page (dated November 1, All Saint's Day), Freitas establishes that, to Antonia, these saints are robustly real. When Antonia prays to St. Sebastian, she ...

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