Rien ne t’appartient — Natacha Appanah

This was surprising and arresting. In Rien ne t’appartient (nothing belongs to you), Tara is grieving the death of her husband, triggering a journey into her traumatic past.

It’s about a loss of innocence so abrupt that it precludes a coming of age. As a child, Tara is ripped from a happy life and, to survive, becomes somebody else.

From the start, I was gripped. Appanah begins with Tara’s dark night of the soul and then in the second part returns to her childhood — a sharp contrast in every way with her present. Though I felt I could have done with a little bit more of a sense of the things woman she was in the years in between, it’s a wonderful read.

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