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Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
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Read from June 26 to July 30, 2012, read count: 1

[Mark Salzman's Lying Awake is a finely wrought gem that plumbs the depths of one woman's soul, and in so doing raises salient questions about the power-and price-of faith.] - Goodreads

This book languished on my bookshelf for several years before I finally got around to reading it. It's a thought-provoking story about a nun in a very small cloister of Carmelite nuns in Los Angeles. Nearly all of the story takes place within these walls. Sister John has been here as a nun for many years, and yet for a long time she feels that she still has not truly met god. She begins to experience severe headaches, but the headaches are accompanied by a transcendent experience that she feels bring her close to god. What happens beyond this point is interesting and seems akin to some of the more mundane decisions and turning points we all come to in our lives at some point. As much as I disdane organized religion, I find stories about it somehow fascinating. The story was gently and skillfully told, I recommend it.
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Maggie Judy, I read this book about a year ago and loved it. I'm now on a kick to read all of Salzman. I've read his non-fiction memoir of his two years in China, which was fascinating in the people he met and the opportunities he was offered. I have The Laughing Sutra on my kindle and he has a newer one out I haven't gotten yet, but I'll work my way around to it.


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