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Staff Pick, Literature (by Ella)

This is a disturbing yet powerful portrayal of toxic relationships and self-discovery. Frances moves to rural France for the summer to escape a recent scandal and finds herself enthralled by farm-owner Paul. The pace of this chilling yet lyrical text effectively mimics the descent into an abusive relationship–the severity of which only becomes clear when it is too late. Lafarge portrays power imbalance, toxicity and above all inner strength in this enthralling debut novel.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from the T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted poet--Frances is a graduate student spending a summer volunteering in rural France, in the hope that tending vegetables and harvesting honey will distract her from a scandal that drove her out of Paris, her research unfinished and her sense of self unmoored. At the eco-farm Noa Noa, she comes under the influence of its charismatic and domineering owner, Paul.

As his hold over her tightens and her plans come unstuck, she finds herself entangled in a strange, uneven relationship. On a fraught road trip across the South of France, both are forced to reckon with uncomfortable truths. A compelling and perturbing story of power, passivity and the cage of being 'good', Paul introduces a novelist of extraordinary perspicacity and lyricism.

Publisher: Granta Books
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 07 Jul 2022
Dimensions: 128 x 199 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9781783787883

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