Three women face a journey that will change their lives forever.
Three women who almost had it all...
Norah thinks she has made it when she qualifies as a lawyer in Paris; Fanta works her way into a prestigious teaching job in her home city; Khady runs a cafe with her loving husband - now all she wants is a child.
But family ties, broken or reasserted, will force each woman to face a journey from France to Africa or from Africa to France that will take the future out of their hands and change their lives forever.
Domineering fathers, weak lovers, the perilous road of the refugee - they will need all their courage and inner strength if they are to overcome.
Marie NDiaye was born in France in 1967. She published her first novel at seventeen, and has won the Prix Femina (Rosie Carpe in 2001) and the Prix Goncourt (Three Strong Women, 2009). Her play Papa Doit Manger has been taken into the repertoire of the Comedie Fran aise. In 2007, after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy, NDiaye left France with her family to live in Berlin.