Friday, August 07, 2015
The Gospel of Winter, by Brendan Kiely
A very cerebral look at the emotional ravages of child sexual abuse, placed loosely in the real sex scandals of the Roman Catholic Church in 2002. Kiely's debut is powerful and really gets deep into the psychology of denial that feeds child sexual abuse. And it's very very creepy to hear the grownups justify their actions.
That said, I would protest that this isn't YA, even through Simon and Schuster have tossed it there and promoted it as such. It's a lazy assumption that any book about teens is a children's book. Rather than being about the experience of being a young person per se, this is a story about lost innocence and the weakness of adults to protect children -- it's a book for adults to wallow in guilt.
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