J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels The Engagements, Maine, and Commencement. Maine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book. The Engagements was one of People Magazine's Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. From the Hardcover edition.
"Reminiscent of both Colm Toibin's Brooklyn and Matthew Thomas's We Are Not Ourselves... All of Sullivan's characters leap off the page. You don't read this book; you breathe it." -Janet Maslin, "Times Critics' Top Books of 2017," The New York Times "Fabulous and smart." --Emma Straub, The New York Times Book Review "Moving... Eloquently testifies to the durability of the fabric of family... Touched with... warmth, kindness and gentle wisdom." --Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal "A breathtaking literary ode to life, change, and the unbreakable bonds of family." --Redbook "Carefully plotted... Sullivan succeeds in creating a believably complicated, clannish Irish-American family... Engrossing." --Suzanne Berne, The New York Times "An engrossing family drama... Sullivan's profound understanding of her characters and the Irish-Catholic culture that defines them illuminates every scene." --Kim Hubbard, People Magazine "This year's best book about family... Elegant... Captivating... Deft and insightful... A quiet masterpiece...impressive. Saints for All Occasions is so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible. In a simple style that never commits a flutter of extravagance, Sullivan draws us into the lives of the Raffertys, and in the rare miracle of fiction makes us care about them like they were our own family." --Ron Charles, The Washington Post "A blockbuster...An engrossing family drama with feisty humor and transformative tough love." --Elle "I hope to read another novel as strong and wise and beautiful and heartbreaking as J. Courtney Sullivan's Saints for All Occasions this year, but I'm not sure I will." --Richard Russo