Chloe Aridjis’ début novel, Book of Clouds, was hailed by The Times as “quiet, brave and utterly unique.” Asunder is a tale that dazzles with quiet mystery as Aridjis examines the delicate balance between violence and fragility, and how this balance can tip us into tragedy – no matter how determined we may be to avoid it.
After nine years of guarding and watching the paintings and antiquities of London’s National Gallery, the spectral assistant Marie decides to leave the hushed corridors and beguiling artworks that have allowed her to hide away from public life for so long. Marie’s escape – a journey into the vibrant Parisian winter – exposes her to mysterious strangers and encounters that are destined to tear her quiet life apart.
Asunder is a rich and delicate novel that explores the tentative line between creation and destruction. Prepare to be enlightened and inspired by one of our finest contemporary writers.