The Patron Saint of Butterflies

The Patron Saint of Butterflies

Book - 2008
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When her grandmother takes fourteen-year-old Agnes, her younger brother, and best friend Honey and escapes Mount Blessing, a Connecticut religious commune, Agnes clings to the faith she loves while Honey looks toward a future free of control, cruelty, and preferential treatment.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781599902494
1599902494
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.

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green_cat_1952
Dec 02, 2017

This novel was unexpectedly disturbing, if not, heart-breaking -- even more so when you know it's based on the author's own experiences! I love how Galante focused on these two very different girls, and had two different fonts used for their narration.

There were a handful of twists and turns towards the end of the book. I also applaud the author for not adding an unnecessary romance sub-plot, and the primary focus being Agnes and Honey's relationship.

I went into this, thinking it was more of a children's/middle grade book, but a story about a couple of children being driven away from a religious commune that has them endure cruel punishments isn't something you would want to read to your 7-year-old.

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