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A Tale of Beauty
Guernica Editions, Fall 2013
252 pages
ePub (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781550718058
ISBN10: 1550718053
English
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A Tale of Beauty is the story of five young women who have banded together as the Ugly Sisterhood. Chastity, a devout Catholic, has made a mission of saving her brother from a dissolute lifestyle. Diana is isolated by her own impossible standards. Sue, once hurt by a man, has made a game of avenging herself against his entire gender. Denise, the pragmatic office girl, escapes into realms of fantasy by night. Finally, there is Belle, who created and oversees the Sisterhood. She has managed to gain a hold over each of her sisters by manipulating their weaknesses and desires. As the women begin to grow and change, Belle realizes that her power over them is not absolute, and finds herself faced with a difficult choice: learn to adapt and change with them, or try to reclaim her power, even at the risk of the Sisterhood itself.
Pain is just another harsh reality, to be borne for the glory of God, who bore the greatest agony for our sake. What is the cold next to the Crucifixion? What is anything, next to God's love? -- Chastity

Books by Patrick Balzamo

A Tale of Beauty