Frances and Bernard, by Carlene Bauer

This is that rare novel in which the main characters are theologically literate. Frances, writing about Simone Weil, throws off this zinger: “There are times that I think her theology might have sprung fully formed from her migraines.” Based on the exchanges of letters between Robert Lowell and Flannery O’Connor in the 1950s, the novel tells how Bernard and Frances—two writers who met at a writers’ colony—share their lives mostly throu