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Dinner & Discussion: Confessions of X by Suzanne Wolfe

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Join the Contemporary Catholic Writers Group for a potluck dinner and discussion of

The Confessions of X by Suzanne Wolfe

Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book Award

Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine’s anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo.

Giving voice to one of history’s most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo’s nameless lover, their relationship before his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction . . . it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.


About the Author

Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England, and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and has taught literature and creative writing there since 2000. Wolfe is the author of Unveiling: A Novel (Paraclete Press, 2004) and co-founder, along with her husband, of Image, a journal of the arts and faith. Suzanne and Greg have also co-authored many books on literature and prayer and are the parents of four grown children. They live outside of Seattle.

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Q: What is the Contemporary Catholic Writers Group?

A: CCW is a reading series started by Catholic University English graduate students in 2015. Learn more about us on our English department webpage and listen to author talks and interviews (coming soon) here. All CCW events are free and open to everyone.

Q: How do you choose which books to read?

A: Everyone who participates in a book discussion during a given semester is invited to suggest titles for the next semester's reading list and to vote on the final selections.

Q: Will the author be present at this book discussion?

A: Check the event page a week in advance for updates. Some authors may join the discussion in person or via Skype for Q&A.

Q: Why do I need to register?

A: RSVPs help us ensure there will be enough food and space for everyone. Each book discussion is limited to 25 participants. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please update your registration status for the sake of waitlisted guests.

Q: What should I bring for dinner?

A: The main course will be provided. Guests are invited to bring an appetizer, beverage, or dessert to share.

Q: What if I haven't finished the book before the meeting?

A: Join us anyway! But be prepared for spoilers.

Q: Where exactly is the event location and where can I park?

A: The Pryzbyla Center is in the middle of campus (12E on campus map): https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf.) Metered parking is on John McCormick Road (12H), in front of Mullen Library (15E), and near the basilica (14C).

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