by Sophie van Llewyn - £7.99 Fairlight Books (2018)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781912054305 | ISBN 10: 1912054302
Longlisted for The People’s Book Prize.
Alina’s life was on the right track, until the secret service knocked on her door.
When Alina’s brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt.
As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help – the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways.
Set in 1970s communist Romania, Sophie van Llewyn’s novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles, that can’t be put down.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2019)
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