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Harris, Joanne. HOLY FOOLS. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 355 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Harris gave hints of a darker sensibility, and she fully indulges that inclination here, broodingly exploring the mechanics of mass hysteria and the clash between the desires of the flesh and spiritual cravings. Suggests Aldous Huxley's nonfiction work, 'The Devils of Loudun', with demonically (that is, carnally) possessed nuns caught in a web of sexual repression and political and religious oppression during an era of upheaval in France. Harris adds spicy characterizations, tart dark humor, and seductively pungent prose, and poses some provocative questions: Can 65 nuns be so easily misled? The title supplies an answer with almost unholy glee" (Publishers Weekly). "Love not often, but forever" (Joanne Harris). A "must-have" title for Joanne Harris collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. Finalist for the Whitebread Prize in 2000 for "Chocolat". One of the finest living British novelists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOANNE HARRIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060559128. $20.00

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