The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers audiobook

The Cleaner of Chartres

By Salley Vickers
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Blackstone Publishing 9780670785674
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There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quietpresence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning thefamed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople.No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her onemorning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury,the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day—and whoseattention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformedeach of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secretAgnès is hiding. When an accidental encounter dredges up a series oftragic incidents from Agnès’ youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatensto upend the woman’s simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss,a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnèswrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizenspiece together the truth about her life.

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Summary

There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quietpresence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning thefamed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople.No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her onemorning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury,the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day—and whoseattention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformedeach of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secretAgnès is hiding.

When an accidental encounter dredges up a series oftragic incidents from Agnès’ youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatensto upend the woman’s simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss,a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnèswrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizenspiece together the truth about her life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Subtle and utterly joyous…a contemporary moral and psychological drama every bit as absorbing as Miss Garnet’s Angel.” Sunday Times (London)
“If you’re looking for a book to take you by surprise, Salley Vickers’ latest is the perfect choice.” Psychologies
“Never ponderous, The Cleaner of Chartres touches lightly but knowingly on the seedy side of human nature. Up against Agnès' fairytale goodness, the other characters huddle like the ramshackle domestic buildings that once filled the medieval streets surrounding the cathedral on its hilltop.” Observer (London)
“A magical and at times sinister story about love, loss, secrets, and forgiveness…with Chocolat-type charm.” Scotland on Sunday
“The evocative setting adds a timeless quality to this narrative, and Vickers reminds us that the past cannot remain entirely in the past…Fans of well-crafted, psychological fiction will relish how the layers of consciousness of these complex characters are revealed chapter by  chapter.” Library Journal
“Through the viewpoints of the various characters and in flashbacks to her troubled past, the reader learns of Agnès’ depth and strength and the feelings that she so easily arouses in others. With a deft hand, Vickers shows us the layers of human need—to be loved, accepted, and believed—and wraps it in a structure as intricate as the cathedral itself.” Booklist
“Vickers’ story features simple characters and an uncomplicated, even predictable story line while exploring deeper themes of parenting, sin, and guilt before reaching a sweet, neat conclusion. A skillful miniature psychodrama delivered with humor and knowing restraint.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Salley Vickers

Author Bio: Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet’s Angel and several other bestselling novels, including Mr. Golightly’s Holiday, The Other Side of You, and Dancing Backwards, as well as the collection of short stories Aphrodite’s Hat. She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a university teacher of literature, and a psychoanalyst. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, and divides her time between Cambridge and London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English