All it really took to hook me on the book was the title. A priest and a nun get married and have kids? Right up my alley.
Where the big surprise came in (and perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise), was the fact that the Boston priest sexual abuse scandal came into play in the story as well. Overall, this is a brilliant and wonderfully detailed account of Catholicism in America in the 1950s through 1970s. The whole of the story, with Manseau’s father’s quixotic effort to have both his priesthood and his marriage recognized by the Church makes for a fascinating read.