A story of men and women setting out in search of new adventures, blown off course by illness, war and strokes of fate, this exuberant Franco-Chilean family saga spans a hundred years, two world wars, four generations and two continents in the space of ten short chapters.
A Parisian writer lacking inspiration finds the heroine of his next novel outside his apartment. Telling the story of octogenarian Madeleine and her family, he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into their lives - with unexpected consequences.
Kidman's powerful novel explores the controversial topic of the death penalty with characteristic empathy and a probing eye for injustice. Winner of The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019, the New Zealand Booklovers' Prize for Fiction 2019, and the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards 2018.