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Mangosteen (Mangoustan)

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Original Language: French | 240 pp. | August 2019

2 Seas represents: World Excl. French rights.

DEBUT NOVEL

The parallel lives and fates of three fragile, powerful women. A debut novel received in the mail, with a unique tone intertwining scathing humor and surprising sensitivity.

After thirty years of marriage, Laure’s husband ditches her for a woman on their household staff. Irina, an ambitious Ukrainian, is married to a man from a rich old Swiss family, who never misses a chance to remind her of her lowly roots. A Slovenian former model, Melania married a flame-haired Priapus, and finds herself First Lady against her will.

What connect these three women who don’t know each other? Dominating husbands and a desire for emancipation? Surely, but a typhoon with the gentle name ‘Mangosteen,’ too. It is about to descend on Hong Kong the very weekend that all three of them have come to relax and recharge their batteries.

Born in 1982, with an Italian father and a Spanish mother, Rocco Giudice divides his time between Hong Kong and Geneva. Mangosteen is his first novel.