Favorites Books Read in 2014
Ron Hansen is my new favorite writer. He's probably best known for his novel The Assassination of Jessee James, which became a Brad Pitt film. I read his books Exiles (2008) and Marietta in Ecstasy (1991) this year, although I have been hearing about them for ages. Exiles is a novel about one of my favorite poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and centers on when he wrote one of his most famous poems, about a shipwreck that killed several nuns. The novel also gives us insight into the nuns' lives. Phenomenal. Mariette in Ecstasy is about an American nun who starts to experience stigmata in the early 1900s. It is like a long poem. Some of the most beautiful language I've ever read, and a plot that will keep you up into the wee hours, turning the pages.