WATER IN THE WINE by April Oursler Armstrong


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Christopher and Jane McNamara are middle class Catholics living in a Connecticut suburb with their six children. He's a textbook editor, columnist for Catholic periodicals, Communion Breakfast speaker, and she's a convert from New England Yankeeism. Their lives are defined almost exclusively within the Catholic community but they consider themselves progressives and they are zealous about turgical reform. They are severely put to the test when they learn that another pregnancy would endanger Jane's health. After an estrangement, near loss of faith, and the threat of another woman they decide they can't act contrary to their belief. The indirect result of the decision is that Jane and her seventh child die. A book for Catholics who would probably find the argument tenable even if its suburban soap opera framework is not. The first novel by the daughter of Fulton Oursler, known to her audience through previous periodical and lay religious writing.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill