Strangers did not, as a rule, find their way to Chez Dom, asmall, dingy Tunisian café on Paris’ distant fringes. Run bythe widow Houria and her young niece, Sabiha, the café offers ahome away from home for the North African immigrant workerstoiling at the great abattoirs of Vaugiraud. But when oneday a lost Australian tourist, John Patterner, seeks shelter in thecafé from a sudden Parisian rainstorm, the quiet simplicities oftheir lives are changed forever.
John is like no one Sabiha has met before—his calm greyeyes promise her a future she was not yet even aware she wanted.Theirs becomes a contented but unlikely marriage—a marriageof two cultures lived in a third—and yet because they areessentially foreigners to each other, their love story sets in motionan irrevocable course of tragic events.
Years later, living a small, quiet life in suburban Melbourne,what happened at Vaugiraud seems like a distant, troublingdream to Sabiha and John. It is a story about home and family,human frailties and passions, raising questions of morals andpurpose—questions that have no simple answer.
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ALEX MILLER is the author of ten novels, including The Ancestor Game and Journey to the Stone Country, both winners of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award; Conditions of Faith, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Lovesong, winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction; and most recently, Autumn Laing.Review:
[Lovesong] is wonderful, as is all [Miller's] work, full of wisdom and compassion. -- Anne Michaels, Orange Prize-winning author of FUGITIVE PIECES and THE WINTER VAULT Miller reveals most clearly the delicacy of his understanding of human nature...[a] tactful and intelligent writer. * Guardian * Miller's latest, and with luck, not final work not only beguiles as a wry, tender tale but will also remind his admirers, and alert his new readers to, how dauntingly gifted he is at taking an image and shaping a story. * Irish Times * Lovesong is an unusually warm, humane, emotionally true novel that slips its way into your mind and fosters a deep empathy and care for its characters. * Eastern Daily Press *
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