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Born of No Woman

Born of No Woman Franck Bouysse
Pub date 21st October 2021
Publisher (UK) Weidenfeld & Nicolson

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Prix des Libraires, the Prix Psychologie Magazine, the Grand Prix des Lectrices Elle and the Prix Babelio

Nineteenth-century rural France.

Before he is called to bless the body of a woman at the nearby asylum, Father Gabriel receives a strange, troubling confession: hidden under the woman’s dress he will find the notebooks in which she confided the abuses she suffered and the twisted motivations behind them.

And so Rose’s terrible story comes to light: sold as a teenage girl to a rich man, hidden away in a old manor house deep in the woods and caught in a perverse web, manipulated by those society considers her betters. A girl whose only escape is to capture her life – in all its devastation and hope – in the pages of her diary.

The English-language debut of critically acclaimed author Franck Bouysse, this exquisitely written novel is both a keen social commentary and a chilling horror story.

 

Praise for Born of No Woman

‘Here, everything is epiphanic, essential, surprising, whether it be the revelation of a secret or the painting of a detail…At once classic and phantasmagoric, Born of No Woman proves that fiction…can still amaze.’
Le Monde des livres
‘A vivid, mesmerizing tale.’
L’Express
‘Rare are those who, like Franck Bouysse, manage to write the indescribable, to touch the unspeakable, with so much subtlety and intensity. In spite of the severity and darkness of certain pages, Born of No Woman is a deeply moving and luminous book.’
La Libre

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