Hephzibah Anderson writes in the Daily Mail: .
Louise is an archetypal American in France. When she meets Wally, an older, married Algerian immigrant, they might as well be from different planets, but an affair blossoms just as the conflict between France and Algeria reaches its bloody crescendo. After Louise unexpectedly gives birth to a baby boy, she lets Wally return to Algeria with him. Decades later, and old enough to see just how young she was back then, she attempts to understand that fateful decision. There are no easy answers. An unexpectedly wry voice lends originality to this thoughtful dramatisation of the ways in which the political impacts on the personal.
I am delighted as this is an important and exciting debut about a country and a period of history most of us know too little about. Suzanne Ruta is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Newsday among others. She is the co-founder of immigrants' rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ruta has lived in France, Italy, Mexico, New Mexico and currently lives in New York.
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