Original title: La Jurée
A moving debut novel that’s very insightful about family secrets.
The author who is a real virtuoso at autopsying her characters’ psyches, she attended several trials over the course of a year.
A week in the life of a jurywoman that changes her forever.
Anna Zeller has been called for jury duty. The experience is as dizzying as it is unprecedented for her. Called on to decide about the guilt or innocence of a young couple with no priors on trial for poisoning and murder, the young woman will see her own past looming up. A past that will transport her twenty years back, to a playground in Brittany. On the day that Anna Boulanger became Anna Zeller.
The jury members have one week to decide the fate of the accused and to get a handle on their disturbing past. That’s also how long it will take for Anna’s life to be oupended.
A luminous first novel about seeking the truth, memories and the fragility of foregone conclusions.