Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
February 13, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Holy Fools

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joanne Harris
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Sister Auguste, once a Gypsy known as Juliette and a high-wire artist known as L’Ailee, has sought refuge for herself and her illegitimate daughter at a convent. Her ex-lover, the evil LeMerle, arrives disguised as a confessor bent on destroying the abbey and Juliette — unfurling a saga involving sex, drugs, and everything but rock & roll (this being 17th-century France). Sure, Harris (”Chocolat”) can be a little over the top — who knew so many bosoms heaved beneath habits? — but ”Fools” is still an inventive meditation on morality and passion that surprises with a wholly uncompromising ending.

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