Fault Lines

by Nancy Huston

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008.


An interesting method of telling a story by going back through each generation, with a six year old from each era narrating the story. It gives the reader insight into why the characters turned out the way they did, and is a fascinating family history. Tender and moving.


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Fault Lines Synopsis

Reminiscent of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love in its scale and passion, Fault Lines tells the story of one family through four generations, and the scars that mark their shared history. Winner of the Prix Femina 2006.




Sol is a gifted six-year-old; his mother believes he is destined for greatness. Yet he is also unsettling, chillingly un-childlike. He has a birthmark, the same one his father, his grandmother and his great-grandmother had before him. When they make an unexpected trip to Germany, terrible secrets start to emerge.




Tracing back through the years, from California to New York, from Haifa to Toronto and Munich, Fault Lines awakens dormant family secrets, which send shock waves reverberating from a hidden past into a fragile present. Domestic in focus and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a vibrant, richly drawn and captivating piece of storytelling which shows what can happen when past and present collide. Birthmarks are not all that can be passed down through a family line…

Fault Lines Press Reviews

‘Explosive in its control and its ambition.’ Le Figaro

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ISBN: 9781843547563
Publication date: 01/03/2008
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843547563
Publication date: 1st March 2008
Author: Nancy Huston
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Genres: Literary Fiction,

About Nancy Huston

Nancy Huston was born in Calgary in 1953 and studied in New England and New York. At the age of twenty, she moved to Paris where she lives to this day. A prolific writer in both French and English, she translates her work herself. Fault Lines is her eleventh novel.

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