the thorn birds Author:colleen mccullough Spanning three generations and an infinite range of human emotions, The Thorn Birds is the story of a singular family, the Clearys, who leave New Zealand to live on a vast Australian sheep station, where their triumphs and tragedies are interwoven with the wonder and terror of a land ravaged by cycles of drought, fire, and torrential flood. But... more » most of all, it is the story of Meggie, who falls madly in love with a man she can never marry, and of the Ralph, a truly beautiful man, whose ambition takes him form Outback parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican - but whose love for Meggie Cleary will lead to a passion he cannot control.
"A saga, and everything, simply everything happens. It's a perfect read...beautiful...impressive...gripping...It's the kind of book the word blockbuster was made for. It keeps you hanging till the last paragraph." Boston Globe« less