"This is a wonderful novel, and it's wonder-filled.  James Carroll brings the XIIth century lovers, Abelard and Heloise, blazingly back to life, and he does so through the medium of a New York priest and a Parisian Jew.  The present and the past illuminate each other, and the

startling mysteries of prejudice, brutality, and love are made doubly vivid here.  Like "All the Light You Cannot See," "The Cloister" is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn

the page."

                        - Nicholas Delbanco

James Carroll is the author of eleven novels, most recently Warburg in Rome (“his most splendid work of fiction to date” - NPR); and eight works of non-fiction, most recently Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age (“at once stunningly original and strangely familiar, a testament to the power of a critical, creative faith” - Boston Globe). Other books include the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad, and contributes occasional essays to NEWYORKER.COM

He lives in Boston with his wife, the novelist Alexandra Marshall. Forthcoming is a novel to be published by Nan A. Talese / Doubleday.

James Carroll’s Boston Globe columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. The Judges’ comment:  "James Carroll's elegant style and historical depth of knowledge combine with his thoughtful, moral point of view to consistently provide his readers with a unique voice.”  Read his “Jesus and the Modern Man,” from the New York Times here

author of the novel
forthcoming from 
Nan A Talese / Doubleday