Author: Miano, Léonora

Publication Date:

August 2022



Original language and publisher

French | Grasset

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction


Author: Miano, Léonora


Louise is a twenty-three-year-old young mother from Cameroon, living in Paris with her partner and her daughter, baby Bliss, almost one-year-old.

Louise’s partner does not make a living and his mother, who disapproves of his relationship with Louise out of racism, will stop paying the rent. Louise then decides to leave him, because as she puts it, she « already has a child and does not want to have two ».

Stardust is the story of Louise and Bliss’s summer in a shelter in the North of Paris where the noise and absence of intimacy are the main ingredients of daily life. It is also a strong depiction of the margins of French society, made of racism, social exclusion, and loneliness. As well as a beautiful gallery of portraits of these women – Maya, Virginie, Saran, from Maghreb or Sub Saharan Africa – who were abused by men and fell into addiction.

Eventually, Stardust is the story of a woman who chooses life out of despair, and finds strength in motherhood.

Stardust will be published both at her publishing house Quilombo in Lomé, Togo, and by her Paris-based publisher Grasset for the rentrée littéraire.