Books: Writing Conflicts
● Published by Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
MERTON & WAUGH By Mary Frances Coady, Paraclete Press $22.00
CONTRITION By Maura Weiler, Atria Books $16.00
Twin girls separated at birth reconnect by strange twists of fate and faith. Dorie McKenna, a reporter for a small tabloid paper and an adoptee, learns when her biological father dies that he was a famous painter and that she has a twin sister, Catherine, who inherited his talent. Dorie, anxious to meet her sister is shocked to find she is a cloistered nun with a vow of silence who refuses to meet her or to display or discuss her paintings. Dorie is not so easily deterred and poses as an aspiring nun in Catherine’s convent to get and publish the story of her sister’s talent. The two eventually share their biological past, but clash over the purpose of art. Catherine’s continued refusal to go public with her paintings and Dorie’s determination to publish her story make for a conflict that is finally resolved in the surprising conclusion.