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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349016856

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‘I am living on the white-washed island of Ibiza with my friend Catherine Shuger, a sculptor who has been declared legally insane, and her husband, Ernest. Standing on the terrace, sheltered in the smell of oranges and eucalyptus, washed in sunlight, you’d swear this was a paradise. But to tell the truth the place is full of dangers. You see, Catherine sometimes tries to kill her husband. It has been this way for years . . .’

‘My name’s Amanda Wordlaw. Wonderful name for a writer, isn’t it? . . . I guess I’m sort of a choice companion for the Shugers – professional watcher and listener that I am. It’s like they need someone else to witness the shit, the spectacle they make of themselves.’

The new novel from a major voice in American literature – exploring artists in exile, dangerous relationships and the demands of creativity.

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After suffering the author's absence for far too long, we can rejoice at her return
Robert Jones, Jr, New York Times
A literary giant, and one of my absolute favourite writers
Tayari Jones
Gayl Jones is a literary legend . . . She has reimagined the lives of Black women across North, South and Central America . . . in a way no other writer has done
Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Guardian