Books that changed me – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

This is my favourite book. I’ve read it more than any other book, and I think it encapsulates so much that I love about writing and storytelling. The Story The story alternates between two stories, framing  fshlaback. A ruined Jesuit priest, Emilio Sandoz, is testifying to his Jesuit supervisors about a failed mission. The other story tells the mission – the SETI programme has heard radio signals from another planet, and Emilio, along with several others who he’s gathered around him during his lifetime, is sent by the Jesuits to make first contact. The two stories gradually begin to converge as …