Tuesday, September 4, 2012

We Sinners by Hanna Pylvainen

I read this book after it was positively reviewed by the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, and I am so glad I did.  I have already recommended it to many people.

The story centers around a very conservative religious family, the Rovaniemis. They follow a strict Finnish faith, self described as "hyper-Lutheranism."  No singing, no dancing, no T.V., no dating outside of the faith, and strict attendance at worship.

Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the Rovaniemi family members, as they make decisions about how to follow the strictures of their church.  The characters are very well drawn, and you feel as if you know each of them.

What I particularly liked about this book is that no matter what your faith tradition is, the reader can empathize with the dilemmas these characters face.  Questioning and self examining adherence to cultural traditions, family and faith is wide spread, not just for this family. 

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