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Sophia House by Michael D. O'Brien
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it was amazing

I'm rating my father's novels here as a fan. But I'm going to decline writing a review for now, due to my kinship with the author. Suffice to say, I look forward to his books as much as anyone else, and find them deeply moving. I am not unaware of their flaws, but their strengths surpass them, and so abundantly, I find them almost moot. I'm normally moved to the point of tears about 3-4 times per novel (If I find myself choked up only once, I tell him it's not his best work). He has a rare gift of penetrating deeply into spiritual truths, which is a reflection of the person he is -- an artist who has been refined in a furnace of faith, not unlike many of his characters.

Sophia House is a prequel to Father Elijah, explores the backstory of the boy David (Fr. Elijah) in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. It's largely an exchange of ideas and friendship between two unlikely persons: the Jewish boy and the Polish bookseller who hides him. Count Smokrev from Father Elijah also makes an appearance. The novel's treatment of homosexuality is one of the most nuanced (and probably controversial) I've read. The ending is one of the most powerful for me of all my father's books.
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January 1, 2005 – Finished Reading
October 12, 2015 – Shelved

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sophie shagininan omg your father is a author lucky : )

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