In 1992, celebrated velist Ann Patchett launched her remarkable career with the publication of her debut vel, The Patron Saint of Liars. On this 25th anniversary, read the best-selling book that is beautifully written . . . a first vel that second- and third-time velists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion (Boston Herald).St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but t unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cant be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose's past won't be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth's; she cant remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cant change who she has become in the leaving.