Alice McDermott’s latest novel returns readers to a time and place familiar to her readers: Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early Twentieth Century. In “The Ninth Hour,” the National Book Award winning author tells the story of a young widow taken in by a group of nuns who minister to the sick and poor. Narrated by the widow’s grandchildren, the story spans generations, exploring issues of shame, selflessness, faith and love.
Then, what does it mean to “take a knee”? As President Trump decried the actions of NFL players and coaches who kneeled during the National Anthem last weekend, Father Thomas Reese had a different interpretation. The Jesuit priest discusses his take on the hot button cultural issue consuming the country.