Sewing Sun

Original title: Soleil à coudre

Publication Date:

March 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

Sewing Sun

Original title: Soleil à coudre


‘A literary bomb that will tear out your soul while simultaneously leaving you stunned by the mastery of the language’ – Mediapart

You will be alone in the immense night. Such is the prophecy declaimed by Daddy to any little girl who is named Moonstruck. A Daddy who is not her real father, her progenitor having vanished at the moment of her birth. Since then, Orange Blossom has had no choice but to walk the streets to provide for herself and her daughter while Daddy is a gang member who kills and robs for the local head honcho, the Metal Angel, to keep himself in ganja and drink but also for the sheer pleasure of it.
Often finding herself alone within the four walls of a hovel in a Haitian slum with corrugated iron for a roof, Moonstruck tirelessly tries to compose a letter that will capture what is in her heart and soul. The girl is consumed with love for a classmate, the daughter of her teacher, and she is struggling to find words to faithfully express her feelings and her dreams.
In a poetic language that encompasses poverty and idealism, Moonstruck quietly observes the violence, the shortcomings and the addictions of the adults around her. Her love and desire make her resilient, nurturing her character and helping her to invent a destiny that enables her to escape the fate to which she seemed doomed. A brutal fable awash with desire and blood where the naivety of a young girl struggling against impossible odds collides with the unrelenting cruelty of the world.