- Expected 9 Jan 2020
A cult coming-of-age novel by the multi-award winning author of THE DOOR and KATALIN STREET.
Gina is a general's daughter, a young cosseted girl living in Budapest, free to go out into the city and have fun. When her father sends her to Debrecen in the east of Hungary to a strict girls' boarding school, she is desperate. All her belongings are taken away on arrival and she is forbidden from openly communicating with her family and friends back home. Little by little she is initiated into the strange traditions upheld by the boarders, such as confiding their troubles in a statue at the bottom of the garden they all call "Abigail", or making up for the absence of boys by marrying certain objects.
But Gina rebels and reveals one of these well-kept secrets to the adult, thus becoming a bete noire among the boarders. She has no choice but to ask the help of the mysterious "Abigail". But who is this mystifying friend - woman or man - who wishes her well?
Translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix