Summer of Reckoning

Summer of Reckoning


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The story takes place in the suffocating atmosphere of a social housing estate in the south of France. Sixteen-year-old Céline and her sister Jo, fifteen, dream of escaping to somewhere far from their daily routine, far from their surly, alcoholic father and uncaring mother, both struggling to make ends meet. That summer Celine falls pregnant, devastating news that reopens deep family wounds. Those of the mother Severine whose adolescence was destroyed by her early pregnancy and subsequent marriage with Manuel. Those of Manuel, grandson of Spanish immigrants, who takes refuge in alcoholism to escape the open disdain of his in-laws. Faced with Celine’s refusal to name the father, Manuel needs a guilty party and Saïd, a childhood friend of the girls and conveniently Arab, seems to fit the role perfectly. In the suffocating heat of summer Manuel embarks on a drunken mission of revenge. A dark and upsetting account of an ailing society, filled with silent and murderous rage.

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ISBN-13: 9781912242269
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marion Brunet, born in 1976, is a well known Young Adult author in France. Her YA novels have received over 30 prizes, including the 2017 UNICEF Prize for Youth Literature. Marion has previously worked as a special needs educator and now writes her fiction in Marseille. Summer of Reckoning is her first novel aimed at adults and her first work to be translated into English. It won the Grand Prix de la Literature Policiere in 2018.

Katherine Gregor is an acclaimed translator from the French and the Italian. She has translated numerous novels including The Combat of Shadows by Andrea H. Japp, Berezina by Sylvain Tesson and The Carousel of Desire by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

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