Inside Catholic Book Club, Day Five

The series concludes with a visit from the author, Ron Hansen. Thanks to any and all who joined in!

Incidentally, Hansen has a piece on the question of ethics and historical fiction, a question that was at least touched upon in the course of our discussion, here.


  1. Wow.

    So proud of you and JOB, Matthew, on your postings this week. Ya’ll smoked ’em.

    I really tried not to comment as I am still finishing this book…definitely not the page- turner of “Hitler’s Niece” that kept me up all night. Hey, I’m a mom, yadayadayada…

    Anyway, I couldn’t help myself on the last day. The artist and the art are separate.

    Shouldn’t we be cheerleading a practicing Catholic who is so well-respected in the arts community? He’s a friend of Brad Pitt’s, for pete’s sake.

    Anyway, well done, boys(..That includes Rufus.)

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks much for reading and for commenting, Lindsay! I hope that this week’s effort was the best sort of cheerleading – there is implicit praise in the fact that we spent a week talking about the book, and plenty of explicit praise as well, even if it wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops…

  3. It was Yee-Haw!

    I was speaking about some of the other comments in the thread.

  4. Rufus McCain says

    I finished the book last night. My opinion of it has gone way up–although I’m still not sure I’d call it a novel. More like an imaginative essay or creative non-fiction. A hybrid, really. But the best sort of work–in that love for his subjects was obviously a large motivating factor for the author. I loved how Hansen, in a way, worked side by side with Hopkins, to bring the obscure nuns up out of obscurity. And at the same time Hansen brought Hopkins further out of obscurity and into the light; which is a good thing. I often had the feeling that Hopkins and the five nuns were smiling down from heaven at what Hansen did. More anon over at Korrektiv, just as soon as I peruse the Inside Catholic discussion more carefully.

  5. Ditto Rufus.

    I guess, as a gal, I am really loving the motivations of the women and the stories behind their vocations.

    the 2nd half of the last paragraph on pg 53 is one of my favoritte passages…

    “…She’d watch them shamble away liked yoked bullocks and she’d wonder why they found the greater freedom of men such a burden.”

    yoked bullocks…love it.

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks, and looking forward to it!

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