"This story tears your heart apart ... Véronique Olmi, thank you for this marvelous novel." --Journal du Dimanche
"A short novel full of wisdom and sadness. If you forget this book, you haven't read it."
"The most intense female narrative I've come across
in years. A powerful tale of human frailty, like
Beckett's Not I, it unlocks you from the inside."
--Lisa Dwan, actress
This is a mesmerising portrait ... it should be read. --Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
With the skill of a thriller writer, the mother-narrator propels you forward and as, the awful climax approaches, compels you to profoundly question your own life and relationships.
--Rosie Goldsmith, BBC
"This short novel has the trajectory of a classic tragedy with its taut time-span and sense of inevitability ... The closing pages are heart-stopping and heartbreaking, yet one finishes this sad tale not depressed but uplifted by its ability to enlarge the reader's sympathies."
--Chris Schuler, The Independent
"prose ... filled with sad poetic sense and blunt, bleak realities, compellingly conveyed in Hunter's colloquial English. "
From the Publisher
Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
"This is the most impressive novel about the mother and child relationship I have read. Véronique Olmi handles an aspect of motherhood that we all too often deny. She depicts a woman's fear of releasing her children into the world. The simple first person narrative achieves an extraordinary level of poetry and inner truth." Meike Ziervogel (publisher)