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Carolyn Savage lacks the ruthlessness and ambition needed to make it as a yuppie in 1980s America. Finding herself with neither job nor boyfriend, she decides to establish herself as a saint, thinking that this new career option will pay the bills. Carolyn is not the most spiritual person, she certainly isn't a Christian, and her choice is initially an entirely cynical one.
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As Carolyn advances along her chosen path, suported by image consultant Keke she finds that the world does seem to need a spiritual leader who can relate to the yuppy mind and the materialism of the age. Aided by a long dead French Monk, she styles herself as patron saint of fallen yuppies, and a minor dental ailment. The media love her as she makes programs about 'shopping for saints' 'Where Saints eat" and the like. She wears the best clothing - after all, being a saint shouldn't be about having to suffer, she reasons. In spite of herself, Carolyn is on a spiritual journey, and while at heart she remains a bit of a valley girl, there are times when she inadvertantly talks good sense.

Elizabeth Kingsbury has written a gem of a novel, with some impressive satire and some extremely funny moments . She has a keen sense of the bizarre and can carry off the most unlikely of senarios. "St Carolyn" is a very entertaining read.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   religious figure Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can see into the future


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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