When people think about nuns, the first thought that comes to mind might be dour, ruler-wielding women in habits. That’s not the case with the charismatic and energetic nuns who dominate the pages in Alena Dillon’s debut novel, “Mercy House.”
Sister Evelyn is a renegade nun who puts the needs of her charges before herself and at times the doctrines of the Catholic church in order to help them heal from their past traumas. Sister Evelyn, along with two other nuns, Sisters Josephine and Maria of the order of the St. Joseph Sisters of Mercy, run a women’s shelter in Brooklyn where they willingly give up their own beds to help the women who need them. The nuns are happily operating their facility until a bishop from Sister Evelyn’s past comes to investigate the order as part of the Apostolic Visitation or Nunquisition in 2010.