Review: The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin

This novella is no hagiography but instead imagines Mary as a first century peasant woman, an older widow, sad and bewildered by what she has witnessed in her life. Originally written as a play by the Irish award winning writer Toibin, this novel was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, losing to The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I listened to the excellent audio version read by another award winner, Meryl Streep.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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