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Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016Clarisse Rivieres life is shaped by a refusal to admit to her husband Richard and to her daughter Ladivine that her mother is a poor black housekeeper. Instead- weighed down by guilt- she pretends to be an orphan- visiting her mother in secret and telling no-one of her real identity as Malinka- daughter of Ladivine Sylla. In time- her lies turn against her. Richard leaves Clarisse- frustrated by the unbridgeable- indecipherable gulf between them. Clarisse is devastated- but finds solace in a new man- Freddy Moliger- who is let into the secret about her mother- and is even introduced to her. But Ladivine- her daughter- who is now married herself- cannot shake a bad feeling about her mothers new lover- convinced that he can bring only chaos and pain into her life. When she is proved right- in the most tragic circumstances- the only comfort the family can turn to requires a leap of faith beyond any they could have imagined.Centred around three generations of women- whose seemingly cursed lineage is defined by the weight of origins- the pain of alienation and the legacy of shame- Ladivine is a beguiling story of secrets- lies- guilt and forgiveness by one of Europes most unique literary voices.Translated from the French by Jordan Stump... Please click here to ask a question
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