At forty-nine, Celeste has long renounced the religion of her childhood. Yet she finds herself reluctantly accompanying her mother and sister to a pilgrimage site in Romania, where her devout mother seeks a miracle — a cure for her terminal illness.
As Celeste tries to come to terms with her mother’s impending decline, she realises she has to confront the unspoken conflicts buried in the foundations of her family. Away from her husband, she must also face her fear of what the future holds for them both.
Full of compassion, warmth and grace, Pilgrimage is a powerful meditation on how our personal histories haunt us, and an affirmation of the hope and sustenance that may be found in our imperfect families.
Longlisted for Stella Prize 2013
"Divine . . . exquisite. . . . "Sufficient Grace" is a mighty achievement and is among the year's must-read literary novels." --Conrad Walters, Age
Amy Espeseth is a writer, a publisher, an academic, and the recipient of several awards, including the 2012 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize and the Queensland University of Technology Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize. She is the author of "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home."