The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

The Patron Saint of Liars

St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers run by nuns in the 1960s. Rose CLinton is the only one there neither unwed nor alone. She is simply pregnant and doesn't want her husband to know. A New York Times Notable Book. Reprint.

Details The Patron Saint of Liars

TitleThe Patron Saint of Liars
Release DateApr 4th, 2011
Publisher Mariner Books
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Patron Saint of Liars

  • Chelsea Cripps
    The story of Rose, a habitual abandoner, who finds herself in a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. The story is about the place almost as much as the people--a place where people come for a brief, but life-altering, time and then move on. It is also the story of the people who stay there--Rose, with all her secrets, her daughter, the nuns and the groundskeeper. I loved the story of the place and I thought the writing was quite good. It held my ...
  • Mel
    I have mixed feelings about this particular Patchett novel. I didn't want to put it down but I wasn't happy when I finished.I was totally sucked in by the story's opening but then the tone changed and the character depth faded a bit. The turmoil the main character feels is never discussed once she finds her way to St. Elizabeth's, yet it drives the remainder of the novel. Just as the story picks up steam again, it's over. Given the story line and...
  • Wormie
    Ann Patchett’s debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, is a beautifully written story about people, secrets, and lies. The book’s title intrigued me; “Patron Saint of Liars” – a conflict between virtue and dishonesty. Patchett’s writing is quiet and compelling as she shares the story of Rose Clinton, and how her lies affected her life and the lives of those around her. After three years of marriage, Rose Clinton finds herself pregnant...
  • Fabian
    "Bel Canto" was sooo amazing (drop-everything-&-read-now fantastic)I just had to review the writer's earliest work (just as I did with M. Chabon). "The Patron Saint of Liars" is a bit tepid, about a place for pregnant girls that used to be a hotel and miracles and family secrets. Ann Patchett is religious and tries to inject this, her first work, with lots of godly goodness and extra (not extraneous) sensitivity. & her characters, though fully-fl...
  • Brandice
    The Patron Saint of Liars is a story about a young woman who leaves her life to head to St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers on the other side of the country. The story is told in three parts, in chronological order: first by Rose, the young woman, then by Son, the groundskeeper at St. Elizabeth's, and finally, by Rose's daughter, Cecilia. I enjoyed Rose's portion the most, although the likability of her character waned for me as the story p...
  • Deborah Edwards
    This is my third Ann Patchett novel. The first one I read was her miraculous gem of a book, "Bel Canto." The second was the solid, beautifully cadenced tale of a Boston family called "Run." When I discovered that "The Patron Saint of Liars" was Patchett's first novel, I assumed that the two books I named above, which came later and which I both adore, would be better crafted, more intricate, more resonant. Turns out her first novel is the one I l...
  • Danielle
    Yeah, so I actually didn't love this book like I was expecting to. It was kind of depressing, and there wasn't an overarching moral lesson or something that made the unhappy ending worth it. Don't get me wroing, I loved Bel Canto, and that didn't end happily either, but I actually thought this story would have been better for a different kind of ending. At least a redemption of sorts. But no luck.My biggest complaint, and this is kind of silly, b...
  • Heather
    Oh, Ann, this was really sub-par. I was initially interested in the set-up, but your lack of deeper exploration into the implications of it made me bored and disappointed. This book contains a potentially great premise (life for pregnant women in a home for unwed mothers, and life for a family who works there), and in my opinion completely falls flat. The book contains selfish characters whose reasons for being so are woefully unexplored. Main qu...
  • Holly Booms Walsh
    I just read this entire book in one sitting. The title is what caught my eye, such a wonderful title. It is beautifully written, and reminded me of the trance that Alice Hoffman books put the reader into, even though this book did not have the mystical, magical imagery that Hoffman infuses her books with. This is a story of Rose, a young woman that marries twice to men that she does not really love, and though she spends her life helping others, ...
  • Megan Baxter
    This is the third Ann Patchett book I've read. Of the other two, the novel I really disliked, and the memoir I found only so-so. They weren't enough to put her on my do-not-read list, but for authors that I only like a bit, I tend to figure that if I don't like them by the end of the third book, it's not going to change, and I can gratefully set them aside. That's where we were starting this book. I was expecting this to be my last. Now she has a...
  • Denise
    The Patron Saint of Liars is Ann Patchett's debut novel. It is a novel about people, an intriguing places and full of secrets and lies. This well written novel is told through the eyes of three characters. Firstly, Rose who is an expert at leaving, even through she is with you, Son (Wilson), the handyman who marries Rose and Cecilia the daughter. I enjoyed this story but did not become engaged or understand Rose and her actions. Maybe the author ...
  • LeAnne
    ON SALE TODAY FOR $2.99.... get it if you like darkish, quirky characters where lies (obviously, as in the title) play their own role.It's been forever since I read this, so forgive the short shrift. The story is set primarily at a home for unwed mothers out in the countryside. Nuns run the show with the help of a groundskeeper and others who are as important to the story as the girls who spend several emotional months here, delivering life and t...
  • Ashley
    I hate books like this. Ones that start out so promising, and then crap out halfway through. Like they get lost in the swirl of it all and then just flush themselves down the toilet in despair. At it's most basic, The Patron Saint of Liars is about leaving. The blurb on the back cover of the novel is misleading. It makes it seem like Rose is the main character, when in fact, we lose touch with her halfway through, when she becomes a shadow of the...
  • Kate
    Ann Patchett is probably best well known for having written Bel Canto which I am best known for not having read. But I was browsing in Borders one day and happened upon Patron Saint and was finally moved to purchase a book after several months of not having bought any really. The story centers around St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Kentucky in the 1960's. One night, a woman named Rose enters the home, unwilling to share her secrets, ...
  • Bethany
    Sometimes a book is written so well that you get a glimpse into a life you might have otherwise not understood. This is one of those books. Martha Rose gets married. She realizes that she does not love her husband, and begins to feel trapped. She finds out she is pregnant. She leaves. This begins the journey of the rest of her life.This book is about the choices that she makes and the impact that her choices have on others.
  • Irene
    Rose, a young wife in 1968, realizes that she does not want to be married on the same day she learns that she is pregnant. So, she gets into her car and drives across the country to a lovely home for unwed mothers without even a note to her husband. Soon it is clear that she possesses a quiet strength and a gift for cooking that the nuns who run the home, the fatherly handy-man and the other girls come to rely on. But, the quiet strength is a wal...
  • Judy
    This was the first novel I've read by Ann Patchett, but it felt strangely familiar and I kept wondering if I'd read it before. I don't think I had, but maybe I'd read another book set in a home for unmarried mothers. Or maybe it is that I've read a number of books where a character walks out on family and home because s/he decides they are living the "wrong life", as Rose does here. (I'd just read another novel, Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes ...
  • Jack
    I've been on a junket of Patchett books; this is my third in the past two months. She is a fantastic wordsmith aand generally an excellent story-teller. This is clearly a less mature effort, with an opaque heroine whose motives remain as elusive - and frustrating - to us as they do to the folks in this tale. Rose runs away from her husband and, almost by whim, moves into a rural Kentucky home for unwed mothers. She stays there for many years, wit...
  • Fred Forbes
    Ann Patchett has always been one of my favorites - both for her writing and for her role as an independent bookstore owner - setting up Parnassus books when both Borders and Barnes & Noble abandoned Nashville as "not profitable enough". What I have noticed in this (her first) as well as in other works is that her writing disappears and one finds oneself pulled into the story and moving through it as if part of it. I paused for a moment to see if ...
  • AJ LeBlanc
    This is one of those books I read years ago, but the characters are still lingering about in my head. It's the 1960s and Rose finds herself unhappily married and unhappily pregnant. She flees her husband, mother, and life and arrives at St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mothers, where she plans to give birth and leave, but probably not to return to her husband, who doesn't even know she's pregnant.The nuns and other expectant mothers at St. Elizabet...
  • Dawn
    This book frustrated me. It had an interesting premise and characters that engaged me, however it never went anywhere. I'm sure there are many who would disagree with me and obviously there are exceptions, but when I read a story I need to know how it ends. And if not all spelled out, at least some really great hints, or at worst - an idea.This overall depressing book, which admittedly was well-written for the most part, just simply ended. Everyo...
  • Kathleen
    We listened to the audiobook of THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS by Ann Patchett and read by Julia Gibson while making the 45 minutes drive twice a day to care for a family member. This story starts in 1906 with George Clatterbox and his small family. A miraculous spring is accidentally discovered on the Clatterbox property resulting in changes to the little village of Habit. A wealthy family learned about the miracles and in 1920 built an enormous luxu...
  • Alena
    3.5 starsThe problem with reading an author out of order is that most tend to get better with experience. Ann Patchett is one such writer. I am definitely a member of her fan club because of novels like STATE OF WONDER and BEL CANTO. So when my mom gave me PATRON SAINT OF LIARS, I was eager to start.In keeping with her other books, Patchett does a tremendous job with the setting. I could picture Hotel Louisa and the surrounding Kentucky landscape...
  • Kathi
    A few days ago I finished Ann Patchett’s first novel, written in 1992. Since then, I have been thinking about why I loved this book as much as I did.Most of the reasons have to do with personal connections. It's a girls’ story, colored by Catholicism and hopeful signs from God (for which I, too, have asked many times, especially in my early years.) Part of the setting’s time is the same year that I graduated from (my Catholic, all-girls) hi...
  • Andi
    This is the story of Rose in the 1960's. She is young, married, in California. After becoming pregnant she decides to mysteriously leave her marriage and travel cross-country to stay in St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers. The beginning of the story is told in her voice. She is a mysterious character to me, because I never figured out her inability to be content in one place. Her life is a facade, a series of lies that she tells herself and...
  • Becky
    I have been a fan of Ann Patchett for some time & have enjoyed her books but had never read her debut novel. What a great way to end my 2015 reading!This is a story about a young woman named Rose, she lives in California in the 60's, she marries a man but is never really happy. The only thing that seems to make her happy is driving, she loves taking little road trips. One day ( for reasons I cannot post due to it being a spoiler) Rose takes off o...
  • Cindy
    This book hooked me in the beginning and held me until the truly bitter end. I'm amazed at the depth of emotion it evoked in me, especially considering that I really could not have cared less about the main character. I can't say I enjoyed the book because I didn't like those emotions, mostly frustration (because I kept wanting to care, and to understand Rose and her motivations) and annoyance and anger with her. I almost feel like I have to read...
  • Stacey
    I wasn't really satisfied with this story. I was not sympathetic to the main character, Rose at all and never got to the point where I could understand her actions. The author didn't really give any reasons for why Rose acted the way she did. I just didn't like her. The story kind of plodded along, and we are left with the people that Rose left as casualties along the way. Not a bad story, but one I was never able to become invested in.
  • Jolina Petersheim
    This novel bothered me. The main character, Rose, was such a selfish, unfeeling woman who abandons people she claims to love. I wanted to shake her, especially in the end. However, I absolutely LOVED Son's character, the man who loves her and her daughter unconditionally without asking anything in return. This, paired with the setting (a sprawling hotel turned into a Catholic home for unwed mothers), made me love Ann Patchett's debut novel. Plus,...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    This was Patchett's debut novel - her gift for creating wholly believable characters is definitely there, but I found this to drag along in many parts. It didn't "quite" have all that oomph to the story that I was anticipating. I did really like it mind you - I didn't care all that much for Rose, but did for Cecilia, Son and the nuns and girls at the St. Elizabeth Home for Unwed Mothers.