There are echoes of Kurt Vonnegut and Milan Kundera in Ovalde's ability to take the most stressful events - death, depression and anxiety - and bring an obliquely discursive perspective to bear. The result is luminously engaging and delicately, comically uplifting
Véronique Ovaldé constructs a fictional universe in which the imagination soars ... There are writers who are carried away, and those, like Véronique Ovaldé, who carry you away
Reminiscent of the work of near contemporary, Marie Darrieussecq, Ovaldé's fiction is ineffably French - her romantically inclined characters not quite of this world. An engaging story of bereavement and loss, playfully translated by Adriana Hunter
Emma Hagestadt, Independent on Sunday
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Véronique Ovaldé, translated by Adriana Hunter
Fifteen-year-old Rose is trying to make sense of her world. Her mother – a beautiful woman with stiletto heels, bright clothes and the synthetic gleam of a blonde wig – has vanished, and Rose is convinced that she must be in danger. Unable to cope with the possibility of having been abandoned, Rose uses her vivid imagination to construct her own explanation for her mother’s disappearance. Her father suspiciously carries on with his life and seems to be in no hurry to contact the police. Coupled with Rose’s newfound knowledge that her father is not actually the ringleader of a circus, she begins to doubt that he is even her real father. As Rose pieces together snippets of remembered conversations and the half-truths she is fed by adults, her own story about her mother’s whereabouts grows ever more romantic, and ends up being just as difficult to accept as the truth.