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The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
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May 14, 2008

really liked it
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This is a really interesting inside look at religious communes, especially given what is going on in the world right now. Thought provoking, without being preachy, this book examines how communities like this become their own little societies, with their own governments, religions, rules, leaders, and beliefs indoctrinating those who live there so they almost become brainwashed and can't think for themselves. While clearly a work of fiction, it is obviously routed in fact. The author was born in raised in a religious commune in upstate New York, so she does know what she writes about. A really riveting and powerful book.
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