PASCALE KRAMER is the author of eleven books, including three novels published in English: The Living, The Child, and Autopsy of a Father, a finalist for the La Closerie des Lilas, Ouest-France, and Orange du Livre prizes. In 2017, she was awarded the Swiss Grand Prix de littérature. Born in Geneva, she has worked in Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris, where she directs a documentary film festival about children’s rights.
The retention ponds had just been crossed. The train was now moving over the final patches of tilled earth, raked with copper beneath the low autumn sun. Soon the forest would appear, the tunnels, and the rush of crowded trains along the viaduct, with the seemingly endless expanse of the distant city before it.