The House in the Forest
The House in the Forest by Michele Desbordes is a tantalising mystery, a gripping and lyrical meditation on love, loss and the passing of time.
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In her cottage in the rain-drenched French countryside, an old woman receives an unexpected visitor: a boy whispering in an unfamiliar language, and bringing sheaves of paper, the letters and jottings of her youngest son. Some time before – and not even the locals who relate the story can remember how long – her son had done as she had told him, and left to seek his fortune on a Caribbean island. Once there, the promised wealth disastrously eluded him, and soon, not far from the old woman’s cottage, the locals see a mysterious stranger, with a boy and a dog, carrying planks into the woods to build a place to live, perhaps a place to die . . .
The House in the Forest is a tantalising mystery, a gripping and lyrical meditation on love, loss and the passing of time.
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