Summary: A compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, danger, and betrayal. Set during the 13th Century in southern France, it tells the story of Dolssa, a teenaged mystic, condemned as a heretic by Dominican inquisitors for the visions she won’t deny, and of Botille, the peasant matchmaker and tavern-keeper who rescues Dolssa from death after she escapes her execution and flees as a fugitive across Provence. Botille, her sisters, and a surly newcomer named Symo all help to conceal Dolssa from the inquisitor hunting her down. But their attempt at compassion only brings danger upon them, their community, and everything they love.
The Horn Book
School Library Journal
Mette Ivie Harrison
New York Times
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten
ISBN & Where to Buy: Published April 12, 2016 from Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Available to order from your local independent bookstore, chain store, or online bookseller. ISBN: 978-0451469922. Also available as an ebook and an audiobook. Click here to read a short excerpt. Click the button below to add the title on Goodreads.
Discussion Questions: Click Discussion Questions for The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry to download a list of discussion questions prepared by writer Luisa Perkins.
Book Club Promotion: The Passion of Dolssa is the kind of title that begs to be discussed with other readers. I’ll be visiting book clubs all across the country via Skype throughout 2016. To sign your book club up for a visit with me, visit the book clubs page.
Interviews with the Author
- 15 With the Author on KYMN radio, 5/16/16
- With Brian Vaskuljas on KSCJ radio, 4/19/16
- The Book Club with Mark Perzel on 91.7, WVXU, 6/10/16
- Blog Talk Radio with Cyrus Webb on Conversations Live, 4/13/16
Audiobook: Random House Audio and Listening Library have produced a truly luscious recording of The Passion of Dolssa, featuring a stellar lineup of voice talent including multi-award winning Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, and Fiona Hardingham. There’s even a smidgen recorded by yours truly. Listen to an audiobook excerpt. You can purchase an audiobook by visiting Penguin Random House’s Dolssa page.
Questions About the Ending? Did you reach the ending and scratch your head a bit? If so, you are not alone. I’ve created a page with some info that might help you unravel the puzzle, even though I am fundamentally opposed to spoilers. By clicking on this link, you’re swearing upon your great-grandmother’s grave that you have read the book! 🙂
Historical Setting: I made a short video that might be helpful in picturing the place and time of the story. Many of the photos come from my trip to southern France.