A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.
In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children's deaths.
Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.
The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author / illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.
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Illustrated by Nikki McClure.
"A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative, compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller."
- Brenda Rickman Vantrease
best-selling author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller
"Brilliant, insightful, unflinching and wise. This spellbinding mystery will keep readers turning pages until the last sentence. Remarkable."
- Ella March Chase
bestselling author of The Virgin Queen's Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown
"Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth... Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear, a most memorable character in a most memorable story."
- Jim Heynen
award-winning author of The Fall of Alice K.
"Sinful Folk is a work of art. Miriam's story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it's a timeless story - a wonderful portrayal of medieval life. Highly recommended."
- Kathryn Le Veque
bestselling author of The Dark Lord and The Warrior Poet
"A suspenseful and mesmerizing tale full of rich and vital characters. Ned Hayes crafts a narrative that shows a devotion to craft in each word."
- Renée Miller
editor of On Fiction and author of In the Bones
SINFUL FOLK is the new novel by debut author Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestseller Nikki McClure, that connects with the same enthusiastic audience that embraced Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders. Endorsed by bestselling historical novelists Karen Maitland (The Owl Killers, Company of Liars), Ella March Chase (The Virgin Queen’s Daughter), Brenda Vantrease (The Illuminator, The Mercy Seller), and William Dietrich (The Barbed Crown), SINFUL FOLK is a breakthrough novel that stakes a new claim for women’s historical fiction.
SINFUL FOLK is an inspiring story of a woman’s perseverance and courage in a stark medieval world: a riveting and suspenseful story told with lyrical beauty and unwavering vision. “Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear.” —award-winning author Jim Heynen (The Fall of Alice K.)