One of the freshest voices in European fiction offers this evocative tale of a literature professor who must reunite her divided soul in a love affair with the physical embodiment of her suppressed self. She embarks on a journey into her psyche to confront her childhood memories and to learn to love the woman she can become.
JACQUELINE HARPMAN was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, in 1929. Being half Jewish, the family moved to Casablanca when the Nazis invaded and returned home after the war. After studying French literature she started training to be a doctor, but could not complete her medical studies when she contracted tuberculosis. She turned to writing in 1954 and her first work was published in 1958. In 1980 she qualified as a psychoanalyst. She had given up writing after her fourth book was published, and resumed her career as a novelist only some twenty years later.