La marche en forêt
304 pages | Octobre 2012
It’s the story of a family as told through its members, the places they haunt, and the people that gravitate around them. The head of the clan is in love with his queen, who is unaware of what little time she has left. A half-sister has decided she will no longer speak to anyone for the rest of her life. A violent and unrepentant son has taken refuge behind a computer screen. An aunt believes she can heal herself through spiritual séances. A mother would rather go hunting than sing her children to sleep. A little cousin engages in rock-throwing.
As an ancestral clock ticks and the drums of war sound, secrets are revealed, ties are established or broken with every tremor, lives begin and end in the gravitational field centered on the family home. A first novel of great evocative power, La marche en forêt is a fresco teeming and tumbling with life, whose harmony gradually becomes clear, one in which individual destinies form the living pieces of the family puzzle.
‘The charm of Catherine Leroux’s style, at once singular and hypnotic, invites us to explore this atypical family portrait.’
‘The story of this family, ‘twisted and ill-assorted but as tight as a harness’ is incredibly consuming.’
‘A first novel of implacable human strength.’