|Barbara Constantine. Justin Phipps, trans.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||2012 / 252|
When his son moves away, widower Ferdinand is left with only a sadistic kitten for company on a farm that was built for a family. Just as loneliness sets in, he discovers that his neighbor Marceline has long been shivering beneath a leaky roof. He welcomes her to his house— temporarily, of course—and also provides a home for her dog and her gluttonous donkey. In French screenwriter Barbara Constantine's internationally bestselling 2012 novel, more new arrivals appear; it seems that Ferdinand isn't the only one who was all alone, and the dusty farm becomes a haven for lost souls of every age to share their sorrows and set about rediscovering their joie de vivre. Amidst the newfound hustle and bustle, however, one final uninvited guest threatens to disrupt this rural utopia.