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For my next novel, I am reading memoirs of former priests, and this has been far and away the best. Dr. Ortman's second career as a psychiatrist has allowed him to dig deep into his motivations to become a priest—much of it relating to his own upbringing and dysfunctional family—and then into his motivations to leave the priesthood. While he is tactful in relating the story of the affair that would become his marriage, he is otherwise very candid about everything else in his family life and care ...more
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