Longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2019 'Something terrible is happening here. Something terrible has already happened.'Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city.
Terrified of the apartment's balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep their baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends a gift that surely comes with a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements.
As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband's fixer, and the boy from upstairs who watches them all. Home is uncertain, betrayal is everywhere, but in the end there are many ways to be a mother.
|Dimensions||198 × 129 × 22 mm|
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