And My See-Through Heart

Véronique Ovaldé

Published: 1 July 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781846271823

Translated by Adriana Hunter


Do we ever really know the person we live with? This is a question that has tormented Lancelot since the sudden death of his wife. The night of the accident, they had said goodbye at the airport and Irina should have been in another country when she was found drowned, in someone else's car, at the bottom of the local river. Lancelot is still numb from the shock when other facts begin to surface, each one more bewildering than the last. It seems that the woman he loved had a past - and a plan for the future - that he never even suspected ...

About the author

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Veronique Ovalde was born in 1972 and is the author of several novels including, in English, Kick the Animal Out and And My See-Through Heart. She has two children, works in publishing, and lives and writes in Paris. More about the author


‘Ovaldé delicately portrays a man shrouded in grief. Though told in the third person, the perspective is that of an unreliable narrator. The heart remains opaque and while the anticipated denouement does materialise, it only provides a partial explanation.’ Isobel Montgomery



‘Reminiscent of the work of near contemporary, Marie Darrieussecq, Ovaldé's fiction is ineffably French - her romantically inclined characters not quite of this world. An engaging story of bereavement and loss, playfully translated by Adriana Hunter’ Emma Hagestadt

‘There are echoes of Kurt Vonnegut and Milan Kundera in Ovalde's ability to take the most stressful events - death, depression and anxiety - and bring an obliquely discursive perspective to bear. The result is luminously engaging and delicately, comically uplifting’

‘This is an imaginative tale of love lost, gained and obsessed over. Lancelot Rubinstein is the unlikely hero who embarks on an epic quest to find the reason behind his wife's mysterious and sudden death, which sets him on a course of earnest discovery and self-revelation. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt, but bound to stir your curiosity at every turn.’

‘Véronique Ovaldé constructs a fictional universe in which the imagination soars ... There are writers who are carried away, and those, like Véronique Ovaldé, who carry you away’

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