The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

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Flatiron Books
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Ursula Hegi is the author of over a dozen books, including Stones from the River, Children and Fire, Floating in My Mother's Palm, and Tearing the Silence. A German-born writer, she immigrated to the United States at eighteen. She has served as juror for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle. Ursula lives with her family on Long Island and has taught writing at Stony Brook, USC Irvine, and Barnard College.


Praise for The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

"Mesmerizing...Hegi's command of the plot and ability to render poignant characters create a satisfyingly emotional story. Hegi's fans and devotees of literary fiction will treasure this."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Hegi is] a writer at the height of her powers. I can't think of a better way to 'endorse' a novel than to say I will be gifting it to my book-loving friends and family--a gift, mind you, not a loan, as I want this title in my keeper bookshelf. As in a circus after a particularly riveting performance, The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls deserves a thunderous round of applause."
--Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies and Afterlife

"The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls is a novel full of marvels--children with missing fathers, girls too young to be mothers, nuns who cherish their charges, circus acrobats, the beautiful northern light--but the greatest marvel is Ursula Hegi's shimmering, radiant, vivid prose. Her characters, and their lives full of love and longing, leap off the page and into the reader's heart."
--Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Praise for Ursula Hegi

"An outstanding talent." --The New York Times Book Review

"A writer of grace and immediacy." --Meg Wolitzer

"Epic, daring, magnificent." --Los Angeles Times

"Unforgettable." --The Washington Post

"Stunning." -- Los Angeles Times

"Deeply moving." --J.M. Coetzee

"Brilliant...Mesmerizing." --Chicago Tribune

"Marvelous." --Alice McDermott

"Devastatingly honest." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Masterful." --The Washington Post