Debut novelist uses childhood memories for inspiration

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

Debut novelist uses childhood memories for inspirationLouise Hall’s mother and sister are the inspiration behind her first fiction novel Pilgrim. Her sister Nicky was born with Down syndrome, her mother who had four other children was curious about the reports of visions in Medjugorje, so curious that it spurred her to act as a group leader to the first group of Irish pilgrims to visit Medjugorje in 1984.

Pilgrim is set in Dublin and Medjugorje and follows the emotional story of a father and daughter. After a major row with his wife, Sarah, Charlie Carthy storms out of the family home. Just hours later he finds out that Sarah has become the victim of a hit and run driver and is in critical condition in hospital.

Sarah’s death and Charlie’s self-absorbing grief throws their daughter Jen’s life into turmoil. Will an unwanted pilgrimage to Medjugorje heal Jen and Charlie’s relationship, or, should Jen prepare to lose her remaining parent?

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.

Published by Mercier Press, Pilgrim is available nationwide and online. ISBN: 9781781176160 RRP €18.99

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

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