Now in paperback, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran's remarkable and haunting memoir of her years on a vast sugar plantation, deep in Venezuela. 'Astonishing' - Elle
Married at sixteen to a man twenty years her senior who spoke no English, she was taken to his ancestral home and estate where she found herself living in the most primitive of conditions, isolated and alone. St. Aubin de Teran ended up virtually running the plantation that belonged to her increasingly demented husband but enjoyed learning the mores and magic of a place that had remained practically unchanged for more than a century. Written in mesmerising prose, this is the extraordinary story of a young woman surviving by her wits and fantasies.
She writes with extraordinary vividness and clarity - she faces reality with a courage and skill that left me not knowing which to admire more: her gift as a writer or that she had the guts to carve out a place for herself in such an unforgiving world. - INDEPENDENT
Powerfully engrossing - OBSERVER
Astonishing - ELLE
A remarkable woman, her life story makes for compulsive reading. - THE TIMES