Fallen from the Sky

Original title: Tombée du ciel

Author: Develey, Alice

Publication Date:

August 2024

Pages:

398

Original language and publisher

French | L’Iconoclaste

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Genres

Debut Novel, Literary Fiction

Awards:

  • Prix Stanislas du premier roman 2024 (Longlisted)

Fallen from the Sky

Original title: Tombée du ciel

Author: Develey, Alice

Synopsis

Alice is fourteen years old when she is committed to a hospital. She discovers another world, another language, made up of white coats and sleepless nights. How do you get sick at this age? Within these walls, where she is subjected to revolting treatment, Alice meets other girls like herself, who have fallen from the sky. She decides to write about these tiny lives in a notebook. Writing becomes a way of not forgetting, but above all of resisting. A story of friendship and revolt. Thirty-year-old Alice Develey composed this dazzling and poignant debut novel based on her memories.

THREE GOOD REASONS TO RECOMMEND THIS NOVEL:

  • To understand why a child stops eating.
  • For the lucidity of a teenage girl fooled by nothing.
  • For the poetic power of writing and the saving power of language.