Impossible Saints by Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints
Michele Roberts

Published: 1997

Longlisted for the 1998 Women's Prize for Fiction

Always bold, always provocative, Michele Roberts turns now to the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter and unfolds before us the life and death of Saint Josephine. Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? And woven throughout her story are the heady and sometimes fearful tales of other female saints – one-armed mad girls, beauties locked in towers, seductive daughters – all women who didn’t know their place. Rich with fabulous imagery, Impossible Saints is as potent and disturbing as its dangerous themes.


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