Sophie Loubière

De cendres et de larmes

Ashes and Tears

June 3, 2021
Detective Fiction
352 pages
140 × 210 mm
19,90 €
9782265155251
978-2-2651-5525-1
Sophie Loubière, De cendres et de larmes
Sophie Loubière, De cendres et de larmes

The descent into hell of an ordinary family.

Madeline, Christian and their three children have been dreaming for a long time of a larger apartment where everyone would have their own space.

A dream made impossible by the reality of the Parisian market. When the opportunity arose for Christian to to obtain the position of curator at the Bercy cemetery, with a a 180 m2 pavilion, the Mara family did not hesitate the Mara family did not hesitate and moved in at the beginning of the summer. The children acclimatize from the panorama while Madeline, Corporal Chief fireman, saves the living Christian watches over the dead.

The harshness of his job soon awakens in the latter the need to externalize his emotions through painting. At the heart of this fragile balance where the jobs of both of them weigh heavily the house reveals its cracks. Slowly. Insidiously.

Something threatens this family recluse in the middle of the tombs. A threat that no one has yet measured the extent of it.

The author

From her work as a journalist and producer (France Inter, France Info), Sophie Loubière has kept rigor, curiosity, and a need to inform, to press where it hurts. Author of 11 novels, collections of short stories and numerous audio fictions, she explores the depths of the human soul, through the prism of real facts or her own experience, and blurs the codes of the detective genre. In 2011, the success of The Stone Boy, awarded several times, earned her international recognition. His success was confirmed in 2020 with Cinq Cartes brûlées Cinq cartes brûlées, which won three literary awards, including the Landerneau polar.

Noteworthy

A fine psychologist, Sophie Loubière excels at questioning what affects us deeply, family relationships, the ills of our society, the terrible price that the past exacts on the present and the future.

A dark novel, De cendres et de larmes—Ashes and Tears (title inspired by an epitaph) opens with the burning of Notre-Dame de Paris in April 2019 and is set in the Bercy cemetery in Paris: by creating a chiaroscuro in camera setting, Sophie Loubière deals with mourning but also with survivor guilt. Her writing gradually bewitches us, attaches us to her borderline guard, to this family that is fracturing, and gives this overwhelming intensity to the story.

June 3, 2021
Detective Fiction
352 pages
140 × 210 mm
19,90 €
9782265155251
978-2-2651-5525-1