Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, presents her most accomplished novel yet -- an intoxicating concoction that blends theology and reason, deception and masquerade, with a dash of whimsical humor and a soupcon of sensuality.
Britanny, 1610. Juliette, a one-time actress and rope dancer, is forced to seek refuge among the sisters of the abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. Reinventing herself as Soeur Auguste, Juliette makes a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur.
But when the kindly abbess dies, Juliette's comfortable existence begins to unravel. The abbey's new leader is the daughter of a corrupt noble family, and she arrives with a ghost from Juliette's past -- Guy LeMerle, a man she has every reason to fear and hate.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
“Holy Fools is rich in style and nuance . . . an engaging, compelling read.”
“HOLY FOOLS is exciting and dramatic and romantic.”
-Detroit Free Press
“An inventive meditation on morality and passion that surprises with a wholly uncompromising ending.”
“A uniquely vivid, emotionally ripe, verbal feast for the imagination.”
“Compelling . . . a layered, mesmerizing gothic thriller.”
“[A] fanciful soufflé of sex and intrigue in seventeenth-century France.”
-Elle (Holy Fools won the “Elle’s Lettres” Reader’s Prize for March 2004)
“Harris’s robust humor and whimsical fantasy suits this take of seventeenth-century France.”
“Rapturous ...A dark, seductive exploration of passion and repression that plumbs the depths of the human psyche.”
“Harris is at her best in re-creating a real sense of France.”
“A page-turner with an irresistible plot, unforgettable characters and believable settings.”
“[C]hock-full of the dazzling, magical style that made Harris famous.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Nimble plot twists and voluptuous language . . . daring.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Passionate ... Spicy characterizations, tart dark humor and seductively pungent prose.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)