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Little Sister

A Memoir
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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They promised her heaven, but there was no savior.

Imagine an 18-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An 18-year-old-girl who has never danced - and this in the 1960s.

It is in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest, has founded a religious community called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center's members - many of them educated at Harvard and Radcliffe - surrender all earthly possessions and aspects of their life, including their children, to him. Patricia Chadwick was one of those children, and Little Sister is her account of growing up in the Feeney sect.

Separated from her parents and forbidden to speak to them, Patricia bristles against the community’s draconian rules, yearning for another life. When, at 17, she is banished from the Center, her home, she faces the world alone, without skills, family, or money but empowered with faith and a fierce determination to succeed on her own, which she does, rising eventually to the upper echelons of the world of finance and investing.

A tale of resilience and grace, Little Sister chronicles, in riveting prose, a surreal childhood and does so without rancor or self-pity.

©2019 Patricia Walsh Chadwick (P)2019 Patricia Walsh Chadwick

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I loved listening to this book... while perfect and digestible in short chapters for your daily commute, I listened at long stretches of time during the 3 hr + stretch to my weekend home.

I even transferred the plug from my car to my earphones, not wanting the story to end. It was that interesting and entertaining and well read.

Just be sure you have time to listen to it as you won’t want to pause it either 😉