A tender and savage novel narrated by the wife of the doctor who tended Van Gogh in his last madly frenetic painting years. No one knows the name of 'the painter' who comes to the asylum in St Remy in the south of France, but they see his wild, red hair and news of his savaged ear soon circulates in the village and comes to the notice of the wife of the asylum's doctor. She feels herself drawn to him and learns that his presence is disturbing - and not just to her either. But back she goes - again and again. Until she is banned, but still she makes her way over the wall, through the garden to talk to this apparently mad and passionate man. And the consequences of her indiscretion, of what van Gogh comes to mean to her, of what it will do to her marriage, her life once she has touched danger and passion will have far reaching effects - both surprisingly catastrophic and tender.
A touching and finely written novel Sunday Times
Susan Fletcher, geboren 1951 in Pasadena, Californien, studierte Anglistik und arbeitete unter anderem als Tellerwäscherin, Kellnerin und Buchhändlerin, bevor sie sich dem Bücherschreiben widmete. Heute lebt die Autorin mit ihrer Familie in Oregon.