Victorine is a dutiful housewife, respectable schoolteacher and mother in the Vendee in the 1900s, cooking the gigot for the family lunch, obeying her husband, walking the long beaches of the Atlantic with her children. But then an old childhood acquaintance turns up and her life is turned upside down forever. She falls passionately in love for the first time in her life.
But her lover's work takes him back to Indochina, and Victorine abandons her life and her family to go with him.
.Everything is strange - the extraordinary voyage to get there, the life they lead in the sultry tropical heat, the glamour of colonial life - but life there is also a lie.
Less than two years later, Victorine returns home and resumes her life: what happened?
Catherine Texier was born and raised in France and now lives in New York City. She is the author of three novels and a memoir. She was co-editor of a literary magazine and a regular contributer to 'The New York Times' and has written for several other leading magazines. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. Her work has been translated into ten languages.