Fall From Grace is a series of narratives told from six different points of view, another feature which earned it criticism from reviewers, who found the narratives disjointed and confusing. The story often weaves between past and present, detailing the current status between Kathleen and Brien, then moving to flashbacks of Kathleen's early relationship with Kieran. Often a brutal sexual scene between Kathleen and Brien is followed by a tender adolescent memory of the respect and concern and affection which obviously existed in the childhood relationship between Kathleen and Kieran. While such techniques can sometimes be confusing to a reader, the switches in narration and the obvious switches in theme and tone serve to illustrate the vast differences in the treatment of one woman by two different men. The contrasts between Brendan's narratives and those of James serve to portray two very different clerics and to illustrate the theme that the Church cannot always be judged by its leaders. While the majority of the narratives are from Kathleen's and Kieran's points of view and detail the rekindling of their adolescent love, italicized interior monologues give the reader a glimpse into the mind of Brien as he ponders his relationship with both Kathleen and his male lover. Other narratives come from Bishop James Leary and Fr. Brendan McNulty, who convey the plot of the pedophile crisis. Letters from Kathleen's father comprise yet another set of narratives which help to illuminate Kieran's past and why he disappeared from Kathleen's life for twenty years.
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