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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A nun. A dead baby. An arrest. And now, if the court-appointed psychiatrist found her sane, a long, sensational trial. But Dr. Martha Livingston knew it was more complicated than that. How did you judge a twenty-one-year-old girl who wasn't sure where babies came from? Who didn't even remember having one . . . or what happened to him? Especially when a strong-willed Mother ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Signet (first published 1985)
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I had mixed feelings about this book when I started to read it. I remember my parents having watched the movie on tv when I was young. I hadn't been very interested in it at the time, but now, as an adult, I thought it would be interesting. When I actually picked the book up and realized that it was based on the movie and not the other way around, I had my misgivings. I didn't think the quality of the writing would be up to par. As a rule, I prefer movies to be based on books, and in that case t ...more
When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novitiate, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough to stand trial for the murder of the baby. While searching for the answer that her supervisors want, Dr. Livingston finds herself inevitably drawn into searching for the truth about the baby's conception and death. Despite the lack of cooperation th ...more
This is a novelization of the screenplay, but was fairly well done. I remember seeing the film with Fonda, Bancroft, and Tilly when it came out. I enjoyed it then, and enjoyed reading the book now all these years later.
I didn’t realize this started out as a play and then a movie. It was a book from a box that my dad had given me, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

It was decent, but nothing spectacular. It felt rather like a Law & Order episode to me, and was probably short enough to actually be one. I was a little disappointed that one of the major mysteries was never solved.
A compelling combination of murder, a miracle, and insanity. Also a good debate about religion and spirituality whether man or God was the father of the baby. At the end you are left to draw our own conclusions
Jan 26, 2008 Jo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who see the play/movie
Recommended to Jo by: En. Professor
Catholic nun in convent comes up pregnant. Who is the father is only the first question when a psychiatrist and the mother superior lock horns on Agnes' stability.
Ana Silva Rosa
I remember telling all my friends to read this, and how no one liked it as much as I did.
A mystery with a really different setting and not the usual character types.
Mary Lou
Very fast moving, intense book. Excellent read.
Liz Lindsay
again, another blast from the past!
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