Grandmother and the Priests: Bedtime stories for adults

Taylor Caldwell’s Grandmother and the Priests is not really a novel, but a a collection of short stories.

The stories are supposedly told by Roman Catholic priests who dined at the Leeds home of Rose Mary O’Driscoll Cullen.

Though an old woman and without morals, Rose Mary respected priests, made them welcome at fine dinners where, after wine and whiskey, they told stories.

Medieval church door
Medieval church door

Most of the stories are about poor priests in remote villages of the British Isles where roofs leak, fires are never warm enough, and hunger is a familiar occurrence.

Often the story is of a priest in his first parish, growing up fast as he struggles against loneliness, hardship, ignorance, and occasionally against domineering sisters who know how a parish ought to be run.

Grandmother and the Priests is a good book to put on the bedside table. Some of the stories will make you smile, others will make you tear up. All the stories are just long enough to combat insomnia, and just heartwarming enough to make you feel cozy until you feel drowsy.

Grandmother and the Priests
By Taylor Caldwell
Doubleday, 1963
469 pages
1963 bestseller #6
My grade B-

Photo Credit: medieval wooden door by Ayla87

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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