Holy Fools: A Novel

Paperback | April 26, 2005

byJoanne Harris

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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 soupçon 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.

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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 soupçon of sensuality.Britanny, 1610. Juliette, a one-time actress and rope dancer, is forced to seek refuge among the sist...

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:April 26, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060559136

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from mixed reviews This book is set in seventeenth century France in an out of the way monastery by the sea. When Juliette finds herself pregnant she escapes her life as a gypsy and tightrope walker to lead a peaceful and serene life at the monastery. She tends to her garden and her daughter and teaches the novices to read Latin. All is well until the abbess dies and the new abbess who is only eleven comes with an old acquaintance, Le Merle. He is posing as a priest but has the most evil of agendas. Juliette, now Sister Auguste would expose him but he is holding her daughter and she must find a way to help the other nuns and save her daughter. I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the storyline compelling but the ending fell flat. I had difficulty getting into the story but once there, was riveted. The information about the nuns and their lives during this time period was interesting.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beuatiful and enchanting tale of love and betrayal Set in Britanny, 1610. Juliette, a one-time actress and rope dancer, seeks to make a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur, in the sanctuary of the sisters of the abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. Things go awry with the passing of the kind abbess...and the abbey in the hands of the new abbess could no longer provides the safety and peace she so desires... With theology thrown in the mix, Harris paints a touching tale of betrayal and love.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Read This book was entertaining, historical, easy to read, and suspenseful. I loved the title and the subtle inferences within the story. It is a book worth reading!
Date published: 2005-10-07

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