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Forgiveness 4 You
... "This is an intelligent, thought-provoking and quietly unnerving work about the corporatization of holy offices. I don’t even think one can call it a satire, which may be the most troubling thing about it." -- Sam Sacks,
The Wall Street Journal
"Ann Bauer’s latest is a clever, humorous novel about love, guilt and acceptance." -- Cindy Wolfe Boynton,
Click here for more... "Bauer writes with humor and compassion about a business that is both bizarre and entirely all too real." --
"An exploration of absolution that manages to be simultaneously irreverent and compassionate." --
Click here for more... “A poignant and very funny story about the advertising of redemption and, yes, the redemption of advertising." -- Martin Kihn, author and creator of Showtime's
House of Lies
Forgiveness 4 You
imagines a near future where everything—even grace—can be commodified, but where our better angels still wield surprising power.” -- Christopher Castellani, author of
All This Talk of Love
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Imagine you are a man of God
who has lost faith, a former priest with a secret you have never been able to confess.
This is Gabriel McKenna, a flawed but deeply moral man who wants to serve God and humanity but doesn’t know how. Gabe is 42 years old and a lowly bookstore clerk when he meets Madeline, the advertising executive who drags him into business—and back to real life. You may assume that clergy are virtuous and advertisers are corrupt. But Gabe would tell you that you’re wrong, the world is more complicated than that.
He is adrift among his Catholic peers but finds salvation among a motley crew of craven, drunken creative types. “You are loved,” Gabe tells one penitent, an elderly woman with a lifetime of regret. And she responds with a grin, telling Gabe what he is just beginning to figure out: “Father, I think you may be a righteous man after all.”
Forgiveness 4 You: A Novel
Available March 17, 2015