A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful
storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense. --USA Today AN
EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED . . . If you have to send a group of people to
a newly discovered planet to contact a totally unknown species, whom would
you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astronomer, a physician,
her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That's
who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new novel, The Sparrow. This motley
combination of agnostics, true believers, and misfits becomes the first to
explore the Alpha Centuri world of Rakhat with both enlightening and
disastrous results. . . . Vivid and engaging . . . An incredible novel.
--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel POWERFUL . . . Father Emilio Sandoz [is] the
only survivor of a Jesuit mission to the planet Rakhat, 'a soul . . .
looking for God.' We first meet him in Italy . . . sullen and bitter. . . .
But he was not always this way, as we learn through flashbacks that tell
the story of the ill-fated trip. . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult
subject with grace and intelligence. --San Francisco Chronicle SMOOTH
deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow
is one of them. --Entertainment Weekly

Mary Doria Russell—The Sparrow

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