A New York Times Editor's Choice
A magnetic, atmospheric, razor-sharp work. --Aysegül Savas, author of Walking on the Ceiling
and White on White
An insightful look at a young woman's search for meaning, independence, and belonging in the face of a consuming relationship
Frances is an English graduate student bruised by a messy breakup. On the spur of the moment, she decides to volunteer at a farm in rural France with the hope that the change of scenery will help clear her head. The farm, curiously named Noa Noa, is owned by Paul, an appealing, enigmatic Frenchman. Frances is charmed by his easygoing ways and by the area itself, both welcome changes from the life she has known. Yet the more time she spends in Paul's world, the more unmoored she begins to feel. It isn't long before murmurings about Paul begin to surface and she realizes how ill-equipped she is for the emotional battle of wills that is smoldering around her, one that threatens to silence and engulf her.
, Daisy Lafarge has written a perceptive exploration of the power dynamics between men and women, told in a fresh and exciting new voice.