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Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh
$12.55 (Save $1.40)
[Paperback] Little Browne & Co (1999)
Evelyn Waugh's best-loved novel and the basis for the PBS television production, Brideshead Revisited, the epic story of a great Catholic family in a doomed aristocratic age.
Diary of a Country Priest
$9.85 (Save $1.10)
[Paperback] (1984)
Novel by Georges Bernanos, published in French as Journal d'un cure de campagne in 1936. The narrative mainly takes the form of a journal kept by a young parish priest during the last year of his troubled life. He records his spiritual struggle over what he perceives as the ineffectuality of his efforts to improve the lives of his impoverished and misguided parishioners. Physically, he battles a stomach ailment that local gossip attributes to drunkenness. His role in the conversion of a wealthy countess, who suddenly dies, aggravates his moral ambivalence and draws reproof from his superiors, as well as from the woman's family. His stomach condition worsens, and he seeks medical attention too late. In the deathbed ritual of absolution, however, he expresses an abiding faith that transcends his own and his fellows' failures.
Eclispe of the Sun: A Novel
Michael O'Brien
$19.56 (Save $8.39)
[Hardback] Ignatius Press (1998)
In this fast-paced, reflective novel, (the second in a trilogy following Strangers and Sojourners) Michael O'Brien presents the dramatic tale of a family that finds itself in the path of a totalitarian government. Set in the near future, the story describes the rise of a police state in North America in which every level of society is infected with propaganda, confusion and disinformation. Few people are equipped to recognize what is happening because the culture of the Western world has been deformed by a widespread undermining of moral absolutes.
Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
Michael O'Brien
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[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1997)
Michael O’Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.
Kristin Lavransdatter: Vol 3 - The Cross
Sigrid Undset
$11.65 (Save $1.30)
[Paperback] Penguin (2000)
Kristin Lavransdatter is a story of love, loyalty, and betrayal, set against a richly detailed historical backdrop of fourteenth-century Norway. The Cross (1922) finds Kristin returning with her husband, Erlend, and their sons to her childhood home, Jorundgaard. As the boys grow older, Kristin is increasingly worried about their prospects, and she and Erlend become estranged. The most devastating and emotional volume in the trilogy, The Cross chronicles the trials and losses Kristin must bear. Tiina Nunnally's exquisite rendering of this unforgettable novel, both more faithful to the beauty of the original Norwegian and more readable than the existing translation, is the first new English translation of Undset's masterpiece.
Kristin Lavransdatter: Vol.1 - The Wreath
Sigrid Undset
[Paperback] Penguin (1997)
A magnificent new translation of the first volume of a landmark historical saga by a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Originally published in Norway in 1920, "The Wreath" is set in the 14th century and tells the story of the courtship of a strong-willed and passionate young woman and a dangerously charming and impetuous man. Undset's lyrical prose combines the sounds and style of Nordic ballads, European courtly poetry, and religious literature.
Kristin Lavransdatter: Vol.2 - The Wife
Sigrid Undset
$10.75 (Save $1.20)
[Paperback] Vintage Books (1999)
Part two is the story of Kristin's fifteen years of troubled married life on the great estate of Husaby.
Quiet Light: A Novel About Thomas Aquinas
Louis De Wohl
$13.45 (Save $1.50)
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1996)
Louis de Wohl presents a stimulating historical novel about the great St. Thomas Aquinas, set against the violent background of the Italy of the Crusades.
Red Hat: A Novel
Ralph M McInerny
$19.96 (Save $4.99)
[Hardback] Ignatius Press (1998)
Ralph McInerny, popular author, editor and teacher, presents a novel of suspense, humor and spiritual insight about the Catholic Church rocked by schism, scandal and contested papal elections early in the third millennium.
Red Horse
Eugenio Corti
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[Hardback] Ignatius Press (2000)
A literary phenomenon in Italy, this European best-seller was voted the best Italian novel of the decade in a public survey. Its success has gone way beyond Italy, having been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese and 3 other languages. This epic historical novel about World War II and after, written from the author’s own personal experiences as an Italian Freedom Fighter, is a profoundly moving account of the war, those who fought in it on both sides, and the effects the war had on families in the author’s hometown in northern Italy. On a wider scale, it is a faithful witness to the actual events of the war—including the historic personages who appear, the Russian campaign, the Nazi barbarism, the Communist gulag, the North Italian resistance, and beyond to the political life in the two decades after the war. This world, filled with powerful personalities, drama and clashing armies, bathes in the complex light of the truth. A truly great historical novel with its epic scope, what makes this a masterpiece is the underlying spiritual dimensions of the protagonist, his family and friends, which illuminates the ongoing tragedy of the war and its aftermath. In the end, it is a story of faith and hope in a world reduced to barbarism and cruelty.
Strangers and Sojourners: A Novel
Michael O'Brien
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[Hardback] Ignatius Press (1997)
This book is an epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia. It traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles, beginning on the first day of the year 1900, and concluding with the events of the final days leading up to the Millennium.
A Burnt-Out Case
Graham Greene
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[Paperback] Penguin (1992)
Examines the possibility of redemption. The story opens as Querry, a European who has lost the ability to connect with emotion or spirituality, arrives at a leprosarium in the Belgian Congo. His spiritual aridity is likened to a medical burnt-out case--a leper who is in remission but who has been eaten up by his disease. Querry is invigorated by his contact with the leprosarium and its inhabitants, and he begins to come to life. Parkinson, an opportunistic journalist, discovers that Querry is a distinguished architect with a lurid past and begins to write sensationalized newspaper articles about him. When Querry innocently consoles the wife of the manager of a local factory, he is shot dead by her husband.
After the Darkness: A Catholic Novel on the Coming of the Antichrist and the End of the World
Fr Joseph Esper
$13.45 (Save $1.50)
[Paperback] Queenship Publishing (1997)
In After the Darkness, the author weaves a rich Catholic tradition of private revelations and prophecies into a chilling and fascinating story about the end times. Written with great insight, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Brighton Rock
Graham Greene
$11.65 (Save $1.30)
[Paperback] Penguin (1995)
A masterpiece of psycho-realism, this fascinating study of evil, sin, and the "appalling strangeness of the mercy of God" withholds easy judgement as a narrative takes us through the moral question of what is simultaneously fascinating and repellent.
Campion: A Play in Two Acts
Christopher Buckley
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1990)
  Citadel of God: A Novel About Saint Benedict
Louis De Wohl
$13.45 (Save $1.50)
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1994)
Danger to the State: An Historical Novel
Philip Trower
$17.95 (Save $2.00)
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1998)
Desert of Love
François Mauriac
[Paperback] (1989)

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