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The Patron Saint of Ugly

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Catholic lore, American tales, and Sicilian superstition blend in this "clever, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming" novel (Publishers Weekly).

Born with unruly red hair, a sharp tongue, and wine-colored marks all over her body—marks that oddly mimick a map of the world and make her subject to endless ridicule—Garnet Ferrari would hardly consider herself blessed. So when an emissary from the Vatican shows up at her door, convinced that her seeming ability to cure the skin ailments of others qualifies her for sainthood, she's not quite convinced—or pleased.

Garnet sets off on a quest to better understand who she is and where she and her unusual gifts came from. Tracing a twisted path that leads from Sicily to West Virginia, poverty to riches, romance to loss, reality to mythology, Garnet uncovers a truth far more powerful than any dermatological miracle: that the things of which we are most ashamed often become our greatest strengths.

"A cleareyed, touching fable of a girl learning the hard truths about herself and others." —Kirkus Reviews


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Publisher: Mariner Books

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  • ISBN: 9780544133488
  • Release date: June 17, 2014

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  • ISBN: 9780544133488
  • File size: 3143 KB
  • Release date: June 17, 2014


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English

Catholic lore, American tales, and Sicilian superstition blend in this "clever, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming" novel (Publishers Weekly).

Born with unruly red hair, a sharp tongue, and wine-colored marks all over her body—marks that oddly mimick a map of the world and make her subject to endless ridicule—Garnet Ferrari would hardly consider herself blessed. So when an emissary from the Vatican shows up at her door, convinced that her seeming ability to cure the skin ailments of others qualifies her for sainthood, she's not quite convinced—or pleased.

Garnet sets off on a quest to better understand who she is and where she and her unusual gifts came from. Tracing a twisted path that leads from Sicily to West Virginia, poverty to riches, romance to loss, reality to mythology, Garnet uncovers a truth far more powerful than any dermatological miracle: that the things of which we are most ashamed often become our greatest strengths.

"A cleareyed, touching fable of a girl learning the hard truths about herself and others." —Kirkus Reviews


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