Sanctity Author:Orania Papazoglou "Why do you want to be a nun?" asks the Reverend Mother of three young women entering the convent. The answer to that question brings passion, terror, even murder. — Sanctity is a compelling and authentic novel of psychological suspense set within the ivied walls of the motherhouse of the Society of Mary, in contemporary suburban Connecticut. Thr... more »ee postulants arrive one September morning at the convent gate, all with intricate reasons for wanting to be nuns. Kat O'Brien, worldly and sophisticated, as spirited as she is spiritual, finds herself unaccountably willing to reliquish her family - and her lover, David - to serve God. Annie Bliss, sweet and querulous, wants despertately to escape her childhood poverty, dreaming secretly of money and glamour. And Jane Galloway, excruiatingly pious, believes in not in sanctity, but in sin.
Which of these three women will survive the Order's rigourous examination program to become a fully professed nun? Which of these three women will survive? Against the backdrop of matins, vespers, homesickness, Examen of Conscience, lust and Chaper of Faults creeps a growing and malignant horror.
A bell rope, resembling a noose; strange sounds and lights from the tower at night; dismembered birds on the convent lawn; stolen amphetamines - all are strands in an evertightening web that could ruin the convent and drive Kat and her friends to madness and death.
Anne withdraws to her fantasy world; Jane seems more eerily perfect. Even as Kat stuggles with her lover and her alcoholic mother - who would kidnap her to keep her from making the "wrong choice" - she discovers a gruesome chain of events that only the strongest of women can survive.
Sanctity is a heart-stopping, immensely authoratative and utterly involving glimpse of life in today's American convent - a convent where sin is as potent and haunting as vocation as santity itself.« less