The Miracle of Vierves
The locals in the Ardennes village of Vierves-sur-Haynes practically worship the stag Gérard. He plays a key role in a village legend about a simple virgin who, with the help of St Anthony, became pregnant by immaculate conception because of her kindness to the stag. The belief that has grown up around Gérard draws many tourists to Vierves every year. The local businesses do well out of it.
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So, when François accidentally runs Gérard over and kills him, the fat hits the fire. No one can be allowed to find out about it, but there were witnesses. At the same time, Gérard’s death brings unexpected but risky opportunities for François.
‘The Miracle of Vierves’ proved Inne Haine’s credentials as a very talented teller of tragicomic tales. She chose to present a small village with a peculiar legend, but places the spotlight on her characters, who make the story even more fascinating. The sense of concerned involvement mixed with an ironic undertone works very well, and the result is an extremely strong debut.
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