With raw intensity, Ariana Harwicz interrogates motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terror of desire, the senseless brutality of it all. Translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff.

In a scruffy patch of French countryside, a woman struggles with her inner demons: embracing exclusion yet needing to belong, craving freedom while feeling trapped, yearning for family life and wanting to burn the entire façade down. Her family’s understanding approach to her increasingly erratic behaviour just makes her feel more imprisoned, more stifled. It’s not a question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather when - and how violent a form will it take?

Longlisted
The Man Booker International Prize 2018
Published by
Charco Press
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