" The world of the cloister is an almost unimaginable one, but this slim novel takes us inside the walls ... in an impressively authentic manner." -- Sunday Times, January 12th 2003
'A singularly rich and abundant work .. a rare willingness to engage faith on its own ground, to find in it a value that transcends the agnostic shrug' -- New York Times Book Review
'Like Memoirs of a Geisha, this novel permits the reader access to a world closed to many of us' -- Independent on Sunday
'Powerful ... sheds light on the cloister of the monastery as well as on the cloister of the mind' -- Erica Wagner, The Times
'Salzman's most accomplished work to date ... a lean, seemingly effortless tour de force' -- New Yorker
From the Publisher
This wonderful novel spent 17 weeks on the LA Times Bestseller List reaching #1, with over 60,000 copies sold in the USA and is now in its 9th printing.