“We cling to the most painful reminders of our youth, our memories or our injuries, perhaps so we can look back to our former selves, console them, and say: Keep going. I know how the story ends.”
Sarah Domet’s stunning debut novel, The Guineveres, introduces listeners to four girls all named—yep, you guessed it—Guinevere. Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win all come to the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, brought by their families, and each with her own emotional story. With nothing left but each other, the girls become confidantes, teachers, and perhaps most importantly, family.
The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting, whether it’s for the mail, a miracle, or the day they turn 18 and can finally leave the convent. The Guineveres, however, are tired of waiting, and when four soldiers from the war looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls see their ticket out.
Domet’s beautiful prose is given light and life through the vocal talents of narrator Erin Bennett, weaving together the Guineveres’ past, present, and future—as well as the stories of the female saints they were raised on—to capture the wonder and tumult of girlhood and the magical thinking of young women as they move ever closer to adulthood.
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