The Singing Nun Story: The Life and Death of Soeur Sourire

The Singing Nun Story: The Life and Death of Soeur Sourire

by D. A. Chadwick


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In 1963 a shy Belgian nun took the #1 slot on the hit parade with her song, "Dominique", gathering fans around the world and inspiring many women to enter religious orders. In 1985 she would commit suicide with her life time companion after years of substance abuse, sexual denial and financial woes. This is the story of the sad life and death of Jeannine Deckers, better known to the world as Soeur Sourire, the Singing Nun.

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ISBN-13: 9781479265800
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2012
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 866,304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

D.A.Chadwick is a professional translator of French, German and Dutch to English and the author of ten other books.

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Reviewed by Janet Green for Readers Favorite When you think of a singing nun, visions come to mind of a habit-clad woman dancing in a field of wildflowers on a hill, spinning happily with palms up, belting out a healthy hymn. But the story of the singing nun is anything but that vision. It is a portrayal of the few spots of joy and the consuming tragedy that was this young nun's life, stopped short by suicide, and an inability to feel accepted in a world outside the convent. In this updated biography, D.A. Chadwick compassionately reveals the tumultuous, angst-filled journey traveled by Jeannine Decker, Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile). Through journals, photos, interviews, and other well-documented research, we come to know this nun and her partner Ann Pecher, who many would say was Decker's lover as much as best friend. Chadwick is striking in her pursuit and defense of the truth with regard to the person beneath the habit and the songs. Soeur Sourire, as Decker preferred to be known, was tragic in character, constantly second-guessing herself, her talents, her commitments, her sexuality, and eventually her ability to survive the overwhelming stressors that were continually dealt her. Through her ordeals, Ann faithfully would join her, even to the very end in her own suicide alongside Decker. For a passionate and well-turned biography, this novel is recommended for its fluid reading and what is probably the closest thing to the truth ever written about this historical figure, Soeur Sourire, the Singing Nun.