In this sweeping, heart-wrenching, and inspiring tale, twin sisters separated at birth reconnect through art, faith, and a father who touched the world through his paintings.
When journalist and adoptee Dorie McKenna learns that her biological father was a famous artist, it comes with another startling discovery: she has a twin sister, Catherine Wagner, who inherited their father’s talent. Dorie is eager to introduce her sister’s genius to the public, but Catherine is a cloistered nun with a vow of silence who adamantly refuses to show or sell the paintings she dedicates to God.
Hoping to get to know her sister and research the potential story, Dorie poses as an aspiring nun at the convent where Catherine lives. Her growing relationship with Catherine helps Dorie come to terms with her adoption, but soon the sisters’ shared biological past and uncertain futures collide as they clash over the meaning and purpose of art. Will they remain side-by-side for the rest of their lives, or will their conflicts change the course of the future?
Find out in this beautifully detailed story that takes you on a spellbinding journey of the heart.
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About the Author
Maura Weiler grew up in Connecticut and earned her BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, respectively. She is a former columnist for The Connecticut Post and a trash artist whose work has been featured on CBS Television and in galleries and shows across the country. As Director of Development at Blue Tulip Productions, she helped develop the screenplays for such films as Speed, Twister, The Paperboy, and The Minority Report. Contrition is her first novel. For more information or book club queries, visit MauraWeiler.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Contrition is a fabulous debut novel about twin sisters separated when they were small children. A talented, but struggling artist, stuggles to raise his twin daughters alone. Dorie he gives up for adoption, and Catherine he keeps. Catherine has inherited her father's talent for art, while Dorie works as a journalist. In search of the secrets of her past, Dorie searches for her sister and finds her, a nun in a convent. But when she meets her sister, she is met with silence. Catherine has taken a vow of silence and has not spoken a word for years. While visiting at the convent, Dorie discovers that her sister is an incredibly talented author, but Catherine refuses to sell or let anyone beyond the cloister's walls see her work. As their two lives collide, the two sisters must delve deep into their hearts to discover the key for happiness. It is a journey of reckoning, ultimate forgiveness, deep understanding, and most of all love. With its stunning ending, the story pulls at the heartstrings, poignant and unforgettable. An unforgettable tale written with insight. A great newcomer in the genre of women's fiction!
Maura Weiler has written a compelling page turner about twin sisters separated at birth. Their hunger for connection, to God and to one another, despite the internal and external forces that keep them apart, drives the story. Once they succeed, their lives are altered in ways they never imagined. The author moves fluently between the secular art scene in Los Angeles and the devotional world of nuns in a cloister in Big Sur. Contrition is a thought provoking, yet entertaining novel. I loved it!
It kept me looking toward the next chapter.
Contrition is a fascinating and beautifully written story of twin sisters separated during infancy, and of the quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) implosions each experiences upon their reunion. I loved this novel. It was both gripping and moving, and as a (now-adult) adoptee, I found it to be an honest and satisfying read. Dorie McKenna is grieving the death of the only parents she’s ever known when she learns that the then-newly-widowed-and-struggling biological father who gave her up as a child had gone on to become a world-renowned artist before his early death from alcoholism. He’s left behind an only child, Catherine—Dorie’s fraternal twin sister—who’s inherited their father’s artistic genius. Dorie seeks her out to discover her living in a convent, a cloistered nun who destroys the brilliant works she creates to paint over them again. Catherine shrinks from every hint of accolade, determined to paint only for God. Dorie is enthralled by her sister’s talent and equally determined to present her work to the public. Opposing worlds and world-views fuel the sisters’ inevitable clashes, which are delicately laid out but pull no punches. Contrition is a lovely and compelling book, and I found it to be an interesting response to (just about) every adoptee’s secret fantasy of discovering that he or she could be the biological product of genius married to fame. That sort of grass might not look so green, after all. Five stars.
I began reading this book in the middle of a bout of stomach flu. Excellent medicine. This is a popular novel—easy reading—with a simple story that would translate well to film. In fact, the metronome rhythm sounds like reporting or deposition—which is fitting since the protagonist, Dorie McKenna, is a journalist on a quest to get to know her twin sister, who is a Sister cloistered in a monastery. Dorie was adopted and until the start of the book was unaware of her biological connections. The sister/Sister is a fabulous painter, so the reporting extends not only to what life is like in a Catholic nunnery but to the art world. Fun. Dialogues resemble a reporter's interviews and the book feels well researched. It also delivers a spiritual/psychological parable about the conflict between ego-driven creation and truly surrendered creation, as well as the complex way we can trick ourselves into believing we are surrendered when we are actually in a full-fledged ego battle against our ego—by avoiding everything that might tempt it to reveal itself publicly. This is a sneaky battle that many people who work in the arts will resonate with. The book has a lovely and moving ending. I recommend Contrition to people who enjoy popular fiction, parables, and appreciate learning about other kinds of lives through a sturdily written simple plot.