A deceptively simple story, by the author of "Pig Tales", about a deserted wife whose loneliness and fright become tangible. When her husband goes to buy bread but never returns, the narrator's life falls apart. She enters a distorted world, mesmerized by visions and besieged by childhood terrors.
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Author of the international bestseller Pig Tales, Darrieussecq's second novel is a deeply unsettling exploration of the bewildering and frightening experiences of a woman whose husband suddenly vanishes. She finds herself musing upon the routine normality of their lives but as the days pass and she is no nearer to understanding his disappearance, her world begins to take on strange dimensions. Every word of this haunting novel not only evokes the extreme stresses of the situation, but also the way love appears and disappears, reflecting the absences and evasions that can lie hidden in any relationship. This is an extraordinary novel. (Kirkus UK)
In this compact second novel by the popular author of Pig Tales (1997), an unnamed woman experiences a vivid roller-coaster barrage of emotions and fantasies after her perfectly conventional husband goes out on an errand, and never returns. Darrieussecq expands this simple premise skillfully, as the woman's worried self-questioning evokes conflicting images of invasion, suffocation, burial, vampirism, and self-destruction. Little happens, but little needs to, in a memorable dramatization of the unknowability of those closest to us and, hence, of ourselves. (Kirkus Reviews)