'The prose compels with its astonishing range and precision' Maya Jaggi, Guardian.'NDiaye was the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt in 2009: the French equivalent of the Man Booker. I can see why. The novel has a passion, daring and individuality that makes it stand out' Bernadine Evaristo, Independent.'The youngest finalist for the Man Booker International prize, French-born NDiaye recalls Henry James's prose style with her fondness for long, careful and psychologically complex sentences' Sunday Herald.'Extraordinarily powerful' Kate Saunders, The Times.