Scorched Grace

Over a sweltering New Orleans summer, a series of fires plagues the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and their associated school, St. Sebastian’s. Determined to catch the culprit is Sister Holiday, a queer punk Maria von Trapp, who, between playing guitar and helping kids, has broken a commandment or two. It’s actually not that uncommon for nuns to be radical, and the sisters in Holiday’s order are no strangers to run-ins with the law. But whose law comes first—God’s or man’s? This women-led story highlights struggles of incarceration, queerness, poverty, and addiction, with a few lovely Easter eggs for the Catholics among us. Sister Holiday’s love for the divine feminine, despite everything, is inspiring. Recommended by Mary

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ISBN: 9781638930983
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Published: Zando - January 16th, 2024

A USA TODAY Bestseller - A New York Times, Apple Books, and The Guardian Best Crime Novel of the Year - An Indie Next Pick - Winner of the Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction - A Finalist for the ITW Thrillerfest, New England Book, and Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Awards