In White Smoke, Andrew Greeley combines two of my favorite characteristics in a novel: reconciliation and world changing events. Instead of setting this novel in a historic event, Greeley has greated a world where the Pope has died and a new Pope will be chosen.
The story is based on a divorced couple, -one works for CNN, the other the New York Times- arrives in Rome to cover the papal election. Suspense, politics and an unlikely romance fills the pages. As a protestant, I’m intrigued by Greeley’s liberal perceptions as well as his historic input of past papal elections. Yet the thing which draws me back to Greeley’s novels time and again is his belief that God is intrically involved in marital love.
Enjoy the depth of the characters, and the richness of the setting as you unknowingly get a dose of one man’s view of the Catholic church.
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