The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Recommended by Nancy Karp
Library Technician, Santee Branch
This emotional novella finds Mary, the mother of Jesus, living a solitary life in Ephesus, many years after the crucifixion of her son. She is angry with the men who are her “keepers,” who provide her with food and shelter. They want her story of the days leading up to the death of her son. Filled with grief, guilt, and anger, she tells the reader of her disdain for the “group of misfits” who followed her son and her belief that his death “was not worth it.” This beautifully written novella depicts a much different version of Mary. We see her as a mother, remembering her young son, growing up in a much different time. While at times so emotional that it is difficult to read, the end result is a truly beautiful human portrait.