Holy Fools 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… Holy Fools 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… 2004-02-03 Fiction
Book Review

Holy Fools (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 03, 2004; Writer: Joanne Harris; Genre: Fiction

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.

Originally posted Feb 13, 2004 Published in issue #751 Feb 13, 2004 Order article reprints