The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely

In the last decade the truth about the rampant sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has reached every corner of the globe. But at Christmas in 2001 another headline was echoing across the country. Hijacked planes had recently been driven off course finding the world trade center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the environment of chaos and fear that followed the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 Aiden Donovan is struggling to come to terms with his own tragedy.

Aiden’s family life is crumbling around him. His mother seems to care more about her impressing their wealthy community than spending time with her teenage son. His father, well he hasn’t bothered to look up from his new life in Europe for long enough to check in on his son. And the one person, Father Greg, who Aiden really thought he could trust, has hurt him the most. To cope, Aiden is trying to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol but things are coming to ahead weather he’s ready or not.

The people in Aiden’s life who should be supporting him have all betrayed him, but even as he feels he is completely alone he begins to forge unexpected friendships that might just help him through.

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely is a book filled with beautiful prose about survival and overcoming tragedy.

Reviewed by: Brooke, CLP-South Side


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