Publication date: 8 July 2014
I stayed up all night with Robert Hellenga’s beguiling schoolteacher-murderer and her talkative God, and will now re-read at leisure to savor this author’s usual grace notes: music, recipes, learning, philosophy, and travel. The Confessions of Frances Godwin is Hellenga’s most audacious fling at just about everything in our culture.
— Gail Godwin, author of Flora
Robert Hellenga is a great storyteller and a most elegant writer. The Confessions of Frances Godwin is a page-turner that made me want to linger on the page.
— Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man
As enjoyable as it is profound, The Confessions of Francis Godwin, tackles our most unanswerable questions as only a novel can - not by answering them but by exploring the reasons why we ask in the first place. What did I know for sure? Francis asks herself after a long life. What insights could I count on? This is the sort of rare book where the familiar starts to look brand new, and a reader comes to understand that faith is as much about how one sees as it is about what one believes.
— Peter Orner, author The Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge
The Confessions of Frances Godwin” is a journey towards the spiritual by way of the sensual: good food, music, poetry, and one amazing sports car. It’s a wonderful ride, with some unexpected and lovely detours.”
— Jean Thompson, author of The Humanity Project