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Holy Fools (Paperback)

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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 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“Holy Fools is rich in style and nuance . . . an engaging, compelling read.”
-Denver Post

“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.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A uniquely vivid, emotionally ripe, verbal feast for the imagination.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Compelling . . . a layered, mesmerizing gothic thriller.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“[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.”
-Seattle Times

“A page-turner with an irresistible plot, unforgettable characters and believable settings.”
-Oakland Tribune

“[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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060559137
ISBN-10: 0060559136
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: November 12th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: P.S.