The cleaner of Chartres.
Publication year: 2012
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 0670922129 9780670922123 (hbk): 16.99
Salley Vickers, author of the bestselling 'Miss Garnet's Angel' and winner of the IMPAC Dublin award in 2007, tells the beautifully beguiling tale of a young woman who brings healing to the French town of Chartres, only to find her own redemption among its community of lost souls.
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296 p. ; 23 cm.
A hit! All bar one of our group rates this book 7.5-9 on the scale. There was plenty to discuss - topics from motherhood to the meaning of Christianity, the Cathedral's centrality to Greek myths. We thought the characters were well-drawn and memorable, with a nice balance of good and not so nice. Agnes was seen by some as saintly, whilst others felt she had to atone for her past. The redemption/forgiveness theme is central to the novel but the reader is left to decide and what to believe. Definiteley recommend this title and her previous books.
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