Pilgrim (Louise Hall)

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Fourteen-year-old Jen and her father, Charlie, are struggling to cope with the death of their mother/wife. Charlie, in particular, seems to have given up on life. When Jen's aunt, Suzanne, convinces them to go on a pilgrimage to a strange village in Yugoslavia, there is hope that some solace or healing may be brought to their broken lives. On their arrival, however, they find a village in upheaval. An influx of pilgrims have swarmed into the village, each looking for their own miracle. Then there are the local police, who aim to suppress this so-called `revolution'. Pilgrim is a story about a man who feels he has nothing to live for, and a daughter who is determined to prove him wrong.

Review

Deeply moving and evocative prose. Haunting, tender yet hopeful. Pilgrim is a beautiful read that lingers. --Carmel Harrington

In this cynical age it's a joy to encounter such sincerity, and wonderfully unexpected to see contemporary fiction as a profession of fervent yet gentle faith. Louise is a brave and humane writer, a breath of the freshest air. --Donal Ryan

About the Author

Louise Hall is from Malahide, Co. Dublin. She has previously published two works of non-fiction, 'Medjugorje: What it Means to Me' and 'Medjugorje and Me: A Collection of Stories from Across the World'. Her fiction has been published in 'The Irish Times' and been shortlisted for numerous competitions, such as the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Award, the Colm Toibin International Short Story Competition and the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards. 'Pilgrim' is her debut novel.