Original title: Seule en sa demeure
For fans of Rebecca by Daphné du Maurier and Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, the 2019 Céline Sciamma movie.
A story full of crazy hopes and desires, in a XIXth century dominated by prohibitions.
Aimée is an eighteen-year-old young woman, full of life, hopes and dreams. When Candre Marchère, a rich landlord from the Jura region proposes to her, she accepts this arranged marriage, and is somewhat charmed by his cold and austere personality. Aimée therefore leaves her family to join Candre’s castle, in the Gold Forest. But very quickly, she has to face her husband’s silence, and the omnipotence of Henria, the maid. Surrounded by the very dense forest and birds’ songs, Aimée is looking for her true place. Which is particularly hard to find in a house haunted by Aleth’s ghost. Aleth was Candre’s first wife and she died suddenly shortly after her marriage. Aimée now sleeps in her bed, wears her dresses and shares intimacy with the same man. But what really happened to Aleth?
One day, Emeline, who came to teach her the flute, will break the world and the secrets around Aimée. While the music lessons unfold, Aimée is feeling more and more troubled. And Emeline’s presence is awakening her sensuality. The Gold Forest then becomes the theatre of desires and intertwined secrets.
‘Seule en sa demeure’ is a story of domination, passion, and forbidden love.
- Nominated for the Prix du roman Fnac 2021
- Shortlisted for the prix Filigranes 2021
- 50 000 copies sold
- English sample available