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Author Bissell, Beryl Singleton.

Title The scent of God : a memoir / Beryl Singleton Bissell.

Imprint New York : Counterpoint, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 BISSELL,B    Available
Description viii, 294 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 291)
Summary A story of the forbidden love between a nun and a priest. When her family moves to Puerto Rico in the early 1950s, 13-year-old Beryl enters a milieu heady with sexuality and passion. Uncomfortable in her developing body and yearning for unconditional love, she becomes convinced that only God can satisfy her longing. At 18, she enters a cloistered convent in New Jersey. At first, she is blissfully happy. Within the year, however, she has become anorectic and prey to other obsessive compulsions. She perseveres for another ten years, until she must return home to Puerto Rico to help care for her ailing father. There, she discovers that religious garb cannot protect her from her budding sexuality. She is drawn to a handsome Italian priest, and undergoes a belated coming of age. For the next three years, she struggles to reconcile human desire with spiritual longing.--From publisher description.
Subject Bissell, Beryl Singleton.
Nuns -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 1582433488 : $24.00
Standard No. 9781582433486

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