A fierce and poetic debut on surviving the wilderness of family life
At home there are four bedrooms: one for her, one for her little brother Sam, one for her parents, and one for the carcasses. Her father is a big-game hunter, a powerful predator, and her mother is submissive to her violent husband’s demands. The young narrator spends the days with Sam, playing in the shells of cars dumped for scrap and listening out for the melody of the ice-cream truck, until a brutal accident shatters their world. The uncompromising pen of Adeline Dieudonné wields flashes of brilliance as she brings her characters to life in a world that is both dark and sensual. This breathtaking debut is a sharp and funny coming-of-age tale in which reality and fantasy collide.
February 4, 2020
“A magnificent heroine of freedom and intelligence” —BRUNO CORTY, Le Figaro
“Bitter, raw and fast-paced: a tale that’s filled with a hunger for life” —ALAIN LORFÉVRE, La Libre Belgique
“I’m still kind of in shock, but I wanted to write a few lines while it’s fresh. The book starts off innocently enough, then gathers momentum slowly. An abusive father, a nonexistent mother, a childhood trauma, a brother who seems to be slipping into sociopathy. It put me in mind of a child’s rollercoaster ride, where there are twists and turns but no real danger. However, the last chapter or so of this little book is a stomach-dropping, death-defying ride straight off of a cliff. But, like an amusement-park ride, you are left laughing at the end. The heroine of this book may be one of the best-developed characters I’ve ever read.” —ANGEL, Sunrise Bookshop
“A sense of rhythm, hard-hitting words, and vitriolic humor” —COLINE SERREAU, director of Chaos
“This story is inevitably touching and disturbing, since it meticulously displays the mechanisms of physical and moral domestic violence through a cruel, perverse and violent father. The author’s style is slick, poetic, metaphoric, beautiful and brutal at once, much like life can be, too.” —Light and Smell Blog