Michael Arditti's passionate and provocative new novel combines tender romance with a unique and richly observed setting.
A woman wakes in a Lourdes hotel room beside her lover of just two days.
She has brought her brain-damaged husband on a pilgrimage to seek a miracle cure; her lover is making a TV documentary to mark the shrine's 150th anniversary year.
Setting aside personal doubts, family ties and spiritual differences, they embark on a turbulent affair from which neither they nor those around them will emerge unchanged.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 346 pages
- Publisher: Arcadia Books
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781906413736
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Review by BernadetteJODH
Another excellent book by Michael Arditti. It’s a finely balanced tale set during a pilgrimage to Lourdes with a wonderful love affair at its heart. It makes you view relationships in a new light and it is also very uplifting and surprisingly funny in places. The structure of the book is challenging but offers new insights into events you thought you already had read about and understood. Michael Arditti uses wonderful prose to describe the love affair between Vincent and Gillian. I recommend Jubilate, and I very much enjoyed reading it.