They Say Sarah (Paperback)

A Novel

By Pauline Delabroy-Allard, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)

Other Press, 9781635429855, 176pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

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Description

A literary sensation in France, this poetic, thrilling debut charts the all-consuming passion between two women and the ruin it leaves in its wake.

A thirty-something teacher drifts through her life in Paris, raising a daughter on her own, lonely in spite of a new boyfriend. And then one night at a friend's tepid New Year's Eve party, Sarah enters the scene like a tornado—a talented young violinist, she is loud, vivacious, appealingly unkempt in a world where everyone seems preoccupied with being “just so.” Thus begins an intense relationship, tender and violent, that will upend both women's lives.

In gorgeous, evocative prose, Pauline Delabroy-Allard perfectly captures the pull of a desire so strong that it blinds us to everything else.


About the Author

Pauline Delabroy-Allard was born in 1988. They Say Sarah is her first novel.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than eighty books, including Véronique Olmi's Bakhita and Hervé Le Tellier's Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation's 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.


Praise For They Say Sarah: A Novel

“An intense affair between two women is brought to life…in [Delabroy-Allard’s] enjoyable debut…a book that reads at times—this is high praise—like a new iteration of Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body (absorbing passion, illness, separation) and that moves impressively from the chaos and noise of love, to silence and solitude, like a spun coin settling.” —The Guardian

“A whirlwind jaunt through two women’s fast-moving love affair…the action unspools quickly through a blitz of sex, travel, and emotional turmoil, cascading to a point of no return…thrilling.” —Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully rendered and poetic portrait of obsessive love.” —Farzana Doctor, author of Seven

“There are shades of Duras, Nabokov, and Barthes in the intensely living heart of this magnificent novel.” —L'Express

“Masterful and musical.” —L'Humanité

“Dizzying...The intense Her Name Was Sarah has two times, two rhythms, but a uniform narrative and stylistic mastery.” —Le Figaro