Waiting for Tomorrow (Paperback)

By Nathacha Appanah

Graywolf Press, 9781555978037, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

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April 2018 Indie Next List

“This haunting novel tells the story of a couple - two outsiders who find each other and fall in love - and the life they build as artists. After their daughter is born, a woman comes into their life to care for her, a woman whose life story is so poignant and heartbreaking that the couple cannot help but be inspired by it. But then boundaries are crossed, trust is betrayed, and lives are changed. This is a gorgeous, devastating book about belonging, art, and the choices we make.”
— Stef Schmidt, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
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Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List

“This tiny gem of a novel packs a powerful and moving punch. Author Nathacha Appanah has crafted a poignant meditation on class, entitlement, and immigration. Anita and Adam have become sedentary in their art and marriage. The arrival of undocumented immigrant Adele in their lives reignites their creativity but comes at a cataclysmic cost. With searing beauty and eloquent prose, Waiting for Tomorrow is the novel that book clubs are waiting to discuss.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
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A powerful examination of the artistic impulse, cultural identity, and family bonds

Anita is waiting for Adam to be released from prison. They met twenty years ago at a New Year's Eve party in Paris, a city where they both felt out of place--he as a recent arrival from the provinces, and she as an immigrant from the island of Mauritius. They quickly fell in love, married, and moved to a village in southwestern France, to live on the shores of the Atlantic with their little girl, Laura.

In order to earn a living, Adam has left behind his love of painting to become an architect, and Anita has turned her desire to write into a job freelancing for a local newspaper. Over time, the monotony of daily life begins to erode the bonds of their marriage. The arrival of Ad le, an undocumented immigrant from Mauritius whom they hire to care for Laura, sparks artistic inspiration for both Adam and Anita, as well as a renewed energy in their relationship. But this harmony proves to be short-lived, brought down by their separate transgressions of Ad le's privacy and a subsequently tragic turn of events.

With the careful observation, vivid description, and emotional resonance that are the hallmarks of her previous novel, The Last Brother, in Waiting for Tomorrow Nathacha Appanah investigates the life of the artist, the question of cultural differences within a marriage, and the creation and the destruction of a family.

About the Author

Nathacha Appanah was born in Mahébourg, Mauritius. She is the author of The Last Brother, which has been translated into sixteen languages. She works as a journalist and translator and lives in Caen, France.