1944. After the Liberation, Mathilde leaves France to join her husband in Morocco.
But life here is unrecognisable to this brave and passionate young woman. Her life is now that of a farmer’s wife – with all the sacrifices and vexations that brings. Suffocated by the heat, by her loneliness on the farm and by the mistrust she inspires as a foreigner, Mathilde grows increasingly restless.
As Morocco’s struggle for independence intensifies, Mathilde and her husband find themselves caught in the crossfire.
The first volume of a new trilogy telling the saga of one French family between 1946 and 2016.
An exceptional, powerful novel from this justly celebrated writer ~ Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte
Dazzling – ambitious, stylish, deeply evocative, and with such clever and intimate characterisation ~ Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters