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 Adele, 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 Adele's privacy and a subsequently tragic turn of events.
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"We hurt those we love the most--or so husband-and-wife Adam and Anita find out. Narrator Teri Schnaubelt pulls us into the story of how this married couple falls apart. In an arch and knowing manner, Schnaubelt moves back and forth between Adam and Anita smoothly, alternating between their points of view and taking us firmly into the world of the story with her confident style. The steady pace of her narration sweeps us along from their first meeting at a party to the unexpected moment of their betrayal. She goes to great lengths to portray the male characters, including Adam, by lowering her voice to create a more masculine sound. The variety is welcome as is her creativity in characterizing the minor characters. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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