In this lush. lyrical, deeply romantic novel Catherine Texier takes the "might haves" and draws a vivid portrait of a remarkable woman who falls desperately in love, and for that love commits a mother's ultimate sin. She leaves her family for her lover and goes with him to begin a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Nazi police patrol the seaside town where she will spend her last years, Victorine reflects on her past. We travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery - of a woman's struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.
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