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Sin Eater: A Novel

Sin Eater: A Novel

Scris de Megan Campisi

Povestit de Shiromi Arserio


Sin Eater: A Novel

Scris de Megan Campisi

Povestit de Shiromi Arserio

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Apr 7, 2020
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9781797102139
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The Handmaid's Tale meets Alice in Wonderland in this gripping and imaginative historical novel about a shunned orphan girl in 16th-century England who is ensnared in a deadly royal plot and must turn her subjugation into her power.

The Sin Eater walks among us, unseen, unheard
Sins of our flesh become sins of Hers
Following Her to the grave, unseen, unheard
The Sin Eater Walks Among Us.

For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.

Orphaned and friendless, apprenticed to an older Sin Eater who cannot speak to her, May must make her way in a dangerous and cruel world she barely understands. When a deer heart appears on the coffin of a royal governess who did not confess to the dreadful sin it represents, the older Sin Eater refuses to eat it. She is taken to prison, tortured, and killed. To avenge her death, May must find out who placed the deer heart on the coffin and why.

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Megan Campisi is a playwright, novelist, and teacher. Her plays have been performed in China, France, and the United States. She attended Yale University and L’École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. The author of Sin Eater, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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  • (5/5)
    If you're a fan of The Handmaiden's Tale or Only Ever Your's, you'll love this book.
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    The world created in this book is breathtaking and intriguing
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    Life was harsh in the 16th century, and it was even more harsh for sin eaters. Shunned, despised, feared, it was a lonely, despairing life for those condemned to the life of a sin eater. As way of background, sin eaters aren’t fictional - they were people (in this book, women) who consumed a meal in order to spiritually take on the sins of a dying person, thus the sins of the dying were absolved. There are specific foods to be eaten for specific confessed sins. It was believed that sin-eaters took on the sins of all people whose sins they had eaten, and were therefore condemned to hell to be with the original sinner, Eve.
    This book is alternate historical fiction - there are many parallels to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen) but the names have been changed (to protect the sinners?). Our sin eater is May Owens, who at 14 is convicted of stealing bread and sentenced to become a sin eater. When she believes her sin eater mentor has been murdered she’s determined to find who killed her. It’s truly a harsh, dark life that May lives and Campisi describes. This is an atmospheric book filled with characters both at the top and the bottom of the social ladder. May hears all their sins. There’s no joy in this life - every person she comes across in the fulfillment of her duties is having a very bad day. But while May might be uneducated, she’s intelligent and resourceful, and manages to carve out something of a life for herself. It’s this journey that Campisi takes us on.
    It’s difficult for me to rate this book - I didn’t love it, yet I did find it compelling, and I wanted to know what would become of May. I listened to much of it, and the narration was excellent, so I’ll round up what would be a 3.5 for the book alone to a 4 with the narration bonus points. (And in honestly, I realize that in a year other than 2020, during election season, I may well have enjoyed it a good bit more.)
    My thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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