Beloved French Nun Reveals All

Her upcoming memoir details wild 1920s exploits
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2008 7:39 PM CDT
A volume of interviews detailing Soeur Emmanuelle's flirtatious, daring younger years.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Beloved French nun Soeur Emmanuelle is set to release a memoir revealing her wild adventures as a flapper in the 1920s. She loved dressing up and dancing the night away, she says, but gave it up to be a nun in 1929. When she later fell in love with an "intelligent and seductive" man, she kept it to herself. "I had chosen God," she says. "I have no regrets."

In her memoir, she freely admits to her early love for "immediate pleasure... I loved dancing, preferably with nice-looking boys," she says. "My mother used to say to me, 'You want boys to like you, to surround you, to admire you. And if you become a nun... ' And I would tell her, 'For God, I will leave the boys alone'." (Read more Soeur Emmanuelle stories.)