The Wanting Life by Mark Rader

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Set in Rome, Cape Cod, and Wisconsin over the course of the summer of 2009, and Rome during the spring of 1970, The Wanting Life tells the intertwined stories of three members of the Novak family: Father Paul, a closeted gay Catholic priest who’s dying of cancer; Britta, his self-destructive sister and caretaker, who’s struggling to find meaning in a world without her beloved husband; and Maura, Britta’s daughter, who must choose between her husband and two children, or the man she believes is her one, true love. Featuring one of most unconventional love stories you’ll ever read, this is a gorgeous meditation on the comforts (and limits) of faith and intimacy. $9.49 SHOP NOW


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