seven stories and novella in Believers revel in the
surfaces of seemingly ordinary characters while uncovering
their bedrock of passion, madness, levity, and grief: the
young women with a sweetly nurturing boyfriend who may have
a secret history of violence; the housewife whose upstairs
neighbor is either a child-killer or a pathetic fabulist.
In the main novella the narrator works to piece together his
father's history, and tells the story of a Catholic priest
whose involvement with a sinister, wealthy couple leads him
away from his promise of faith.