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The Tulip and the Pope

Larsen, Deborah (Book - 2005 )
The Tulip and the Pope
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In the heat of midsummer, in 1960, nineteen-year-old Deborah and several other young women share a cab to a convent on the Iowa bluffs of the Mississippi River. The girls, passionate to become nuns, heedless of all they are leaving behind, smoke their last cigarettes along the way and enter their life as postulants. In the same precise and beautifully crafted prose that distinguished her successful novel The White (“a brutal and beautiful novel”–The New York Times), Larsen’s memoir lets us into the hushed life inside the convent. We learn about such practices as “custody of the eyes,” the proper devotion to the rule of one’s superiors, and the importance of avoiding “particular friendships.” Her intimate episodic account captures the exquisite sense of peace–even of Presence–that dwelt among the women, as well as the strangeness of living under such strict rules. Gradually, she admits to a growing awareness that there is much life and beauty outside the motherhouse, which she is missing. The physical world–the lush experience of the tulip she stared at in the garden as a girl, the snow she tunneled in, and even the mystery of sex–begins to seem to her a significant alternative theater for a deep understanding and love of God.

With The Tulip and the Pope, Larsen delivers a swift and moving exploration of Christian experience and young womanhood in a more innocent time, and a message of devotion that extends far beyond the high walls of the convent.

Baker & Taylor
In 1960, nineteen-year-old Deborah and several other young women head for a convent on the Iowa bluffs of the Mississippi, intent on pursuing their desire to become nuns but unaware of the pleasures, temptations, and emotional complextities of the world they are about to leave behind, in a novel that journeys inside the comfort and strangeness of the rigidly structured life in a convent. 30,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a memoir of the author's time spent in a Mississippi convent, where, although intent on pursuing her desire to become a nun, she gradually becomes aware of the pleasures and emotional complexities of the world she has left behind.

Authors: Larsen, Deborah
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Larsen
Title: The tulip and the Pope
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 265 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 265)
Subject Headings: Ex-nuns United States Biography Catholics United States Biography Authors, American 20th century Biography Larsen, Deborah
Topical Term: Ex-nuns
Catholics
Authors, American
LCCN: 2004064904
ISBN: 037541360X
Research Call Number: JFD 05-11718
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