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Enter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred. This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong-willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church: Meghan, who dismisses the priest's injun Enter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred. This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong-willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church: Meghan, who dismisses the priest's injunctions about sex until tragedy befalls her family; Kate, who so fears God's power to destroy that she shuts herself off from emotion completely; and, finally, Elise, whose connection to unknowable forces drives her into the most exhilarating, disillusioning, and haunting experience of her life. Written with lyricism and emotional authenticity, Altar Music is a portrait of a nun as a young girl, an epic tale of a family both defined and divided by its religious beliefs, and a powerful story about mothers and daughters.


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Enter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred. This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong-willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church: Meghan, who dismisses the priest's injun Enter a Mysterious, Cloistered World Full of Passion and Regret, Where the Lines Between the Sexual, Artistic, and Religious Become Blurred. This achingly beautiful and revelatory first novel is the story of three generations of strong-willed women and their battles to balance personal longings with the disciplines of their church: Meghan, who dismisses the priest's injunctions about sex until tragedy befalls her family; Kate, who so fears God's power to destroy that she shuts herself off from emotion completely; and, finally, Elise, whose connection to unknowable forces drives her into the most exhilarating, disillusioning, and haunting experience of her life. Written with lyricism and emotional authenticity, Altar Music is a portrait of a nun as a young girl, an epic tale of a family both defined and divided by its religious beliefs, and a powerful story about mothers and daughters.

30 review for Altar Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    this was left on the plane so i snatched it up. its not something i would normally read, but im glad i did. this is about three generations of women and their experiences with catholocism, God, and nuns. it was extremely real (written by a former nun) and great to see how things in life affect how we feel about God and religion and how small and large things change our ways of thinking. it also shows how we change in our beliefs as we grow. there's a lot of sexuality in the book (as within the c this was left on the plane so i snatched it up. its not something i would normally read, but im glad i did. this is about three generations of women and their experiences with catholocism, God, and nuns. it was extremely real (written by a former nun) and great to see how things in life affect how we feel about God and religion and how small and large things change our ways of thinking. it also shows how we change in our beliefs as we grow. there's a lot of sexuality in the book (as within the catholic religion as of lately- and not so lately.) it only took me a day to read, and im definitely glad i did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was absolutely not what i was expecting. This is beautifully written but slightly disjointed at times and definitely takes some suspension of disbelief because the characters do such crazy things, but it does make sense given the amount of religious fervor, familial and non-familial abuse, and general zealotry of all types that seems to infect the people of this area. Overall I liked it, but it is not what I expected to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bev Emerson

    1.5 stars. It was well written, but I didn't care for the story. 1.5 stars. It was well written, but I didn't care for the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    WisMiss1821

    I got this book out of the my library's bargain corner. I didn't know what it was about when I started it, but I was immediately drawn by the lyrical prose. It is in a lot of ways a very difficult book to read because of how graphic portions it are; I can hard stand to read such specific details of abuse. However, I thought that this book is a realistic portrayal of how messed up religion can be. I understand the very strict and conservatively religious mindset and this book could almost be a caut I got this book out of the my library's bargain corner. I didn't know what it was about when I started it, but I was immediately drawn by the lyrical prose. It is in a lot of ways a very difficult book to read because of how graphic portions it are; I can hard stand to read such specific details of abuse. However, I thought that this book is a realistic portrayal of how messed up religion can be. I understand the very strict and conservatively religious mindset and this book could almost be a cautionary tale of how it can go all so very wrong.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    First novel and a wonderful result! The author was herself a nun for 14 years before she returned to the world and got married. She successfully navigates the fragile boundary between religion, sexuality and family dynamics. I found the book graphic at parts but that may be my own issues clouding my judgement but overall it was a fascinating story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    A book about a young pianist who gives up a potential musical career to become a nun. It's a dark story that denies that God or people who try to represent God can "fix" all the many things that will inevitably go wrong in people's lives--denies the possibility of redemption, in other words. A book about a young pianist who gives up a potential musical career to become a nun. It's a dark story that denies that God or people who try to represent God can "fix" all the many things that will inevitably go wrong in people's lives--denies the possibility of redemption, in other words.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Three generations of women and their relationship with the Catholic church. A depraved book that delved into every sick sexual abuse and relationship possible that I could not finish it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

    This novel explores the power and influence of the church in people's lives, sometimes in very corruptible ways throughout each generation. A very well written first novel by a former nun. This novel explores the power and influence of the church in people's lives, sometimes in very corruptible ways throughout each generation. A very well written first novel by a former nun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    Altar Music: A Novel by Christin Lore Weber (2000)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Note to self: did you read this? Probably, but if you find it on the shelf then probably not.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    This is a book I started to read and then put down for a very long time. I was glad I finished it. It was worth it. Strong women and music is woven into the fabric of the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Goodpaster

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marci Sutmiller

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Norcross

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christie Martel

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Rego

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tonstant Weader

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gerli V

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kae

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jan Ledbetter

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleenziller

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Alexander

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jonna

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beryl

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie Bracco

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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