An astonishing and electric novel set in Paris's famous Pere Lachaise cemetery
Paris's Pere Lachaise - the most famous and romantic cemetery in the world - where lovers Heloise and Abelard, Oscar Wilde and singers Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison are buried ... and now where a shockingly modern love story dramatically unfurls.
When Zade meets Driss in a Paris cafe, they are soon catapulted into thr world of young love. But soon tragedy strikes and Zade's brave new world falls apart. In despair, she retreats to her favourite haunt, Pere Lachaise cemetery, where help appears from an unexpected quarter.
Zade is an astonishing and electric novel. It brings together the intimate playfulness of first love, the despair of loss and the irreverent wisdom of some of the most creative spirits ever to have lived.
'Every once in a while, a first novel comes along that seems as accomplished as if its writer had long been a member of literature's Pantheon. Here, with wit and imagination, comes alive the story of a young woman, Zade, who experiences a sort of compressed cataclysm of Love and Loss, but ultimately finds consolation via the artistic soul of Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Are they figments of her imagination, or real? Indeed, this communion with the glorious ghosts of Paris Past - Moliere, Delacroix, Apollinaire, Picasso, Piaf, and Gertrude Stein - seems so "real" it's as though they were alive, rendering in flesh and bone the essence of what art has to offer ... to life. This is a Paris book which isn't about living in Paris, but focuses on what the spirit of Paris is, on its timeless wisdom, and ultimately its uplifting and fathomless sources of inspiration.' Mark Heberden, Paris Voice
'Inventive and playful by turns, Heather Reyes writes with tremendous verve and wit.’ Jill Dawson
‘Reyes powerfully melds horror and beauty in an intense novel about dying with your story untold …’Mslexia
‘Moves, amuses and provokes’ --Independent on Sunday
‘A tender, profound, playful novel. Refreshingly experimental, and a delicious hymn to literature.’ -- Moniza Alvi
A wonderful first novel.’ -- Martina Cole
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