A world-weary young father holidays by the sea near Dieppe with his reproachfully perfect wife and their twin daughters. A chance meeting with an eccentric old lady leads to intense encounters in her mysterious home, full of old photographs and strange objects - sacred ceremonial masks once belonging to the Hopi Indians of Arizona. The old woman takes comfort in her new companion, and he, in turn, is drawn by her secrets. As he begins to push his family into the background, her stirring tales of the Hopi become the only salve to his despondent soul.
'Poetic and fascinating ... an uplifting book' Elle.
Claudie Gallay is a teacher who lives in Provence. The Breakers was her breakthrough novel, a runaway bestseller in France. Alison Anderson's translations include Muriel Barbery's bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Breakers by Claudie Gallay.