Sinners Welcome

Mary Karr (Author)
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"What gives Sinners Welcome its sharp edge is the poet's eloquently passionate struggle at the junction of doubt and devotion." --Washington Post

From Mary Karr, the prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Liars' Club, Cherry and Lit, comes Sinners Welcome, her fourth collection of poetry that traces her improbable journey from a tormented childhood into a resolutely irreverent Catholicism.

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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
November 03, 2009
5.4 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Karr is the author of three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit, as well as The Art of Memoir, also a New York Times bestseller. She received Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships for poetry and is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.


"So much trickery has been got up to in relgion's name that it's natural to get nervous when a writer starts talking about salvation, but Karr never tries to substitute faith for sound poetic practices. If anything, by adding prayer, she just makes the poems that much stronger."--David Kirby, New York Times
"What gives Sinners Welcome its sharp edge is the poet's eloquently passionate struggle at the junction of doubt and devotion."--Judith Kitchen, Washington Post
"Fans of the smart-mouthed hell-raiser need not fear. Karr brings the same unstinting truth-telling sensibility to her spiritual concerns as she has to her earthly struggles."--Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sinners Welcome mixes her beloved stories from the wrong side of the tracks with new notes of care and forgiveness and pure, often angry, hymns to God. . . . It's a daring mix. Before she had her fists up; now she strips herself bare, a far braver act."--Laurel Maury, Los Angeles Times
"Searing, not sentimental."--Sam Hodges, Dallas Morning News
"These poems...demonstrate poetry as religion's kin. While not for the unquestioning devout, this book should stand beside works by writers like Thomas Merton or William Everson (a.k.a. Brother Antonitus) in both poetry and spiritual collections."--Rochelle Ratner, Library Journal