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A Certain Slant of Light

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The year is 1978. Sarah Morrow is a brilliant Chaucer scholar. Former nun and widow of a famous artist, she creates a peerless department of medieval literature in a small Catholic college in Brooklyn, incurring the envy of her colleagues. At the peak of her career, she suffers a stroke which renders her unable to read.

Joan is a former student of Sarah's, just divorced and with too little sense of self or direction to make her newly acquired freedom work for her. She devotes herself to helping Sarah regain her powers.

Also at Sarah's side is Pietro, a Jesuit priest, a great shaggy bear of a man who has long nurtured tender love for Sarah, spending a considerable amount of time wondering what might have happened if he'd met her before he yoked himself with the Roman collar. And for a brief moment, the flesh triumphs over the spirit.

Gradually learning about each other and themselves, the two women join forces to rebuild Sarah's competence and fight against the indignity of forced retirement. Ultimately, each gains a new purpose and commitment, and the novel ends with a poignant and very real sense of hope.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 1980 : UK Hardback

Title: A Certain Slant of Light
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
ISBN: 0-09-142390-2 / 978-0-09-142390-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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March 1979 : USA Hardback

Title: A certain slant of light
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
ISBN: 0-87223-532-7 / 978-0-87223-532-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seaview Books : trade distribution by Simon and Schuster
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June 1980 : USA Paperback

Title: A Certain Slant of Light
Author(s): Maragret wander bonanno
ISBN: 0-671-83057-0 / 978-0-671-83057-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Certain Slant of Light
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
Publisher: Van Wander Press
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