In Dublin, 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’.
Amid all this, Jen makes a friend, Iva – one of the children who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Told with a deep humanity and grace, 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.
A nuanced and moving exploration of grief and faith. Unique subject matter based around the famed Medjugorje apparitions. The author already has a dedicated readership built up from her two non-fiction books on Medjugorje. This is her first fictional take on the story.
Pilgrim by Louise Hall is a tale about hope, faith and love.
It’s tells of Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, where some young children saw a woman carrying the baby Jesus, she had a message…She came to tell the world God exists.
As a result many many travellers visited the small village on a pilgrimage…
The story is of a few of these, Charlie and Jen from Dublin, struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of wife and mother, Sarah. The Franciscan and Iva, the young girl who sees the Gospa….it also touches on the military and political situation in the former Yugoslavia, but the ultimate message is one of love and family…
This is a very moving and emotional read, it will touch your soul a little and leave some of itself with you for a long time. Wonderfully emotive writing by Louise Hall.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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 RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Award, the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Competition and the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards. Pilgrim is her debut novel.
Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd (14 Sept. 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1781176167
• ISBN-13: 978-1781176160