Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration by different paths, delivered into the rigorous and austere care of Sister Fran. Each has their own complicated, heart-breaking story that they safeguard. But together they are the all-powerful and confident The Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives. Together, they learn about God, history, and, despite the nuns' protestations, sex. They learn about the saints whose revival stories of faith and pain it are threaded through their own. But above all, they plot their futures, when they can leave the convent and finally find a true home. But when four comatose soldiers, casualties of the War looming outside, arrive at the convent, The Guineveres' friendship is tested in ways they never could have foreseen. In The Guineveres, Sarah Domet navigates the wonder and tumult of girlhood, the families we yearn for and create. In prose shot through with beauty, Domet intertwines the ordinary and the miraculous, as The Guineveres discover what home really means.
In the vein of The Virgin Suicides, a dazzling debut novel about four girls inexplicably named Guinevere, all left by their parents to be raised by nuns, and the year in which their tightly knit Guinevere family implodes when four comatose soldiers arrive.
If you ve been seeking a divine (in every sense) debut novel, you'll savor Sarah Domet's The Guineveres From heavenly start to earthbound finish, this book is resounding and revelatory on questions of family, faith, and friendship. Elle Thoughtful and dazzling. Harper s Bazaar A first novel whose tone echoes that of Jeffrey Eugenides s The Virgin Suicides This phenomenal, character-driven story is mesmerizing. Library Journal (starred review) Domet s debut is a luminous bildungsroman, brimming with wisdom about how girls view themselves, each other, and the world around them. Booklist (starred review)"Domet deftly weaves in the girls individual stories and the stories of female saints into her structure, making this a satisfying read on multiple levels. Publishers Weekly Domet s lively writing is as original as her plot, which knits the Guineveres struggles together with stories of female saints. Poignant and often funny, Domet captures the fever of teenage desire by pinning it against the confines of a strict religious environment. Atlanta Magazine Sarah Domet has brought forth some kind of wonderful miracle with The Guineveres. All four Guineveres seek to survive their experiences at The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration, and their lives, so difficult and yet so thrilling to witness thanks to Domet s assured writing, begin to approximate the divine experiences of the saints whom they study. And, best of all, Domet knows just when to look away from the divine and focus instead on matters altogether more earthbound and sinful. This is an amazing book, a unique writer. Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang The Guineveres is a glorious debut. Sarah Domet is an enthralling storyteller who has an original voice and an ability to create unforgettable characters with a deep and abiding understanding of the human heart. Love, betrayal, forgiveness, it s all here. Readers will savor and rejoice. Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker s Wife Sarah Domet s The Guineveres is a revelation, the way Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides was a revelation: rarely do we see a writer so young, so brilliant, who wears her brilliance so offhandedly, so charmingly, so winningly. Rarely do we see such a young writer so masterful in her control of language, of form. We saw it in Eugenides first book, and now we see it in Sarah Domet s The Guineveres. This is a writer, a book, to cherish. Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England"
Sarah Domet lives in Savannah, Georgia. The Guineveres is her first novel.