I am a devotee of Mary. As the book unfolded, l became more and more caught up in the "might have been " aspect of this story. I certainly cannot explain my reaction to this unorthodox interpretation of Mary and her Holy Week experiences, but somehow l found my faith strengthened.
A whole new perspective on Mary and the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. This is a fascinating and expertly written novel, but Meryl Streep's narration takes it to a whole new level. She's one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
Colm Toibin is the author of four previous novels, "The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, "and "The Blackwater Lightship, " which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.