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The Divine Economy of Salvation

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When Sister Angela receives an anonymous package containing an ornate silver candlestick, an object she hasn't seen in twenty-five years, her safe and secure life begins to shatter. Suddenly, she must confront her darkest secret: her participation in a crime from which she can no longer hide. As she sets about discovering who sent her the package, memories of St. X. School ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by Algonquin Books (first published February 5th 2002)
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Guy
Jun 28, 2013 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dawn
Jul 15, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it
I found Sister Angela's story fascinating. The story begins with a brief description of Sister Angela's duties within the convent. When she receives the silver candle holder, she begins going back in time and telling us the story of her life when she was 14 - her mother was ill, she and her sister, Christine, are separated and sent to Catholic schools away from home. The story of how Angela copes (with her mother's illness and feelings of homesickness, worry, and loneliness) - her feelings about ...more
Liz
Oct 12, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok
This novel tells the story of Sister Angela and her life in the convent with flashbacks to her life as a school girl in a Catholic boarding school. Both situations require Angela to face some ugly truths about herself, her religion, and her relationship with others as well as with God. There is a mystery that slowly unwinds in the story that at first is complain, but then I lost interest as the need to solve the mystery was completely unnecessary. In fact the conclusion of the story was unsatisf ...more
nicole
Aug 22, 2007 nicole rated it liked it
Reallly enjoyed this book, though got a little frustrated with all the time jumping that happened. Interesting and informative perspective on Catholic boarding schools and Convent life, slightly frightening and definitely shows a dark side of human interaction. Not a light read.
I would like to show 3 1/2 stars, but don't know how to do this
Guy
Nov 04, 2009 Guy rated it it was amazing
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I was blown away by the power and complexity and poetry of the language and ideas.
I read this around the same time I read Anne-Marie MacDonald's The Way the Crow Flies, and the two are perfectly paired set of books. Brilliant. In my top 20 all time favourite books.
Liz
Jan 25, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Well-written and very touching at times. A lot of raw emotion but also a very tender religious aspect that deals with a bit of questioning how people's beliefs inter same God may differ and may be affected by their experiences.
Natalie
Jul 13, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
I don't quite know how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed it all up until the end. Her writing style is reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates. The plot was intriguing and kept my attention until it took a pretty sick twist.

I'm glad I read it, although I don't know if I could reccommend it.
Jenn
Jan 10, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it
The last fourth of the book knocked it down a star. I feel like her editor went on vacation right about then. Still, powerfully written.
Judith
Jun 17, 2008 Judith rated it liked it
Young girls turning adolescents while at school with the nuns. Of course, something has to go terribly wrong. Keeps you reading on and on.
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Priscila Uppal was born in Ottawa in 1974 and currently lives in Toronto where she is a poet, fiction writer, academic, and professor of Humanities and English at the undergraduate and graduate levels at York University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. Her creative and academic interests frequently intersect, and she has published work that explores the ...more
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