Toby and Salome are a young, modern couple living in New York, but their backgrounds are world apart. He is a middle-class all-American boy from a family of academics; she is a Croatian refugee raised in New Orleans.When Salome unexpectedly becomes pregnant, they decide to spend their lives together and hastily marry. But finding a way to reconcile their families and pasts proves a difficult task. Toby's mother's deep-seated mistrust of Salome causes tension, leaving her unable to accept her new daughter-in-law. But Salome's past, full of dangerous secrets, is more horrifying than any of them could imagine - and the violence that destroyed her homeland is far from over...
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 111 x 179 x 21mm | 190g
- 01 Mar 2008
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"* 'A masterly tale of transgression, acceptance, diplomacy, war, class conflict, love, forgiveness and jealousy... the journey is provocative and exhilarating' The Times. * 'TRESPASS is exquisitely balanced between a family story and a novel of ideas' Scotsman. * 'An absolute joy to read... This is a wise, intelligent novel' New Statesman. * 'Acute and playful reading' Guardian. * 'Valerie Martin writes beautifully and this novel is often moving and heartfelt' Sunday Telegraph. * 'light-hearted... inquisitive... joyfully irreverent' Spectator. * 'Fraught with tension, desperation and rage, all masterfully sustained until the bitter conclusion' LA Times. * 'The cool assurance of Martin's voice, and her capacity to say surprising things about ordinary feelings - envy, rage, and despair figure prominently - make the collection a triumph' The New Yorker. * 'Martin's diligent attention to the day-to-day details makes each story an intensely colourful and textured microcosm... [she] breathes new life into the struggling-artist archetype' Time Out."
About Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and seven novels, including the 2003 Orange Prize-winning PROPERTY. She is also the author of a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi, Salvation. She lives in upstate New York.