Book Review of The Dearly Beloved: A Novel

The Dearly Beloved: A Novel
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This is an amazing novel, definitely one of the best I've read in 2019 and likely to earn a place on my very short list of favorite lifetime books. My faith and involvement in my faith community are incredibly important to me so I found this story of two Presbyterian pastors and their families to be extraordinarily meaningful. However, I've also read glowing reviews from people for whom religion is not part of their lives.

The first half of the novel traces the childhoods, college years, and courtships of the four main characters while the second half explores the years when the pastors jointly served a church in 1960s New York City. I enjoyed each section for different reasons; the writing is powerful throughout.