Seventy Times Seven

~by Salvatore Sapienza
2006 Lambda Literary Award Nominee

Brother Vito is both Catholic, and an out and proud gay man. However, he has yet to completely reconcile his sexuality with his spirituality. With his final vows approaching in a few months, it is more important than ever that he determine exactly what it means to become a Divinity Brother and be open about his desires. Through self contemplation and soul searching, he hopes to find an answer. But, it becomes even more difficult for him to discern what God's calling for him is when he volunteers at a San Francisco AIDS center, and finds himself falling in love.

Salvatore Sapienza has written a fantastic debut novel. Incorporating his own personal experiences as a out gay man and as a Marist Brother, his novel is thought provoking and the story a poignant portrayal of a man's search for his purpose in God's plan.