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

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1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s

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.


Action, Adventure,

Short Summary

A shy young novitiate, Sister Luc Gabriel, records her songs at Philips studio in Brussels in 1961. The song, "Dominique", hits the top of the Billboard charts introducing the world to "Sister Smile"



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Rags to Riches,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jeannine Deckers (The Singing Nun)

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Flexible, Adventurous, Desperate, Educated, Funny, Perseverance, Underdog, Unapologetic,Visionary,Insecure,Strong Moral Code,Engaging,Religious,Desperate,Aspiring,Modest,Empathetic,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Annie Pecher

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Faithful,Educated,Visionary,Honorable,Selfless,Charming,Aspiring,Modest,Obedient,Empathetic,Skillful

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About The Author

D.A. Chadwick is a professional translator of French, German and Dutch and the author of fiction and nonfiction books.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,LGBT Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: D.A. Chadwick

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available