The Dearly Beloved The Dearly Beloved

The Dearly Beloved

A Novel

    • 4.2 • 483 Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

“This gentle, gorgeously written book may be one of my favorites ever.” —Jenna Bush Hager (A Today show “Read with Jenna” Book Club Selection!)

This “moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change” (The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) traces two married couples whose lives become entangled when the husbands become copastors at a famed New York city congregation in the 1960s.

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

In The Dearly Beloved, Cara wall reminds us of “the power of the novel in its simplest, richest form: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love,” (Entertainment Weekly, A-) as we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, Wall offers a poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives. The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.

Fiction & Literature
August 13
S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC

Customer Reviews

Dead woman ,

The Dearle Beloved

Beautifully written.

cab burke ,

Refreshing Read

This book was a true marvel! A delight in so many ways.
A great story spanning decades needs memorable, relatable characters, and this story had it! So thoughtful, and we’ll written.

I loved that unlike most contemporary fiction it didn’t rely on foul language, sex or gender identity struggles to sell the story… whether it was applicable to the plot or not.

I couldn’t put it down… the writing was mesmerizing. I loved all the characters… and more than that, felt I knew them by the end, and related to each one, even as they were all so different. And isn’t that how we all are? Complicated beings with many sides snd seasons?

If you don’t read this one, you’ll be missing out!

TamJordRen ,

Beautiful Story that is so True!

Having been raised in a Christian household with a father who was a believer, an agnostic, and a minister, I found this book to be so relatable. I also have a much more complicated faith than my husband and can foresee that we will one day attend different churches (a relationship somewhat akin to Charles and Lily). My son is also autistic and I am so fortunate he was born in the 1990s when there was more research and treatment for autism.

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