Shortlisted for the Booker PrizeSecrets and lies linger in the very walls of the solid old Normandy house where Therese and Leonie, French and English cousins, grow up after the war.
Intrigued by adults' guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girls weave their own fantasies, unwittingly revealing the village's buried shame, a shame that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.
S 1993 Booker Prize for Fiction
W 1994 WH Smith Literary Prize
W 1993 W H Smith Annual Literary Award
S 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction