The Book of Goose
Long-listed for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A magnificent, beguiling tale winding from the postwar rural provinces to Paris, from an English boarding school to the quiet Pennsylvania home where a woman can live without her past, The Book of Goose is a story of disturbing intimacy and obsession, of exploitation and strength of will, by the celebrated author Yiyun Li.
Fabienne is dead. Her childhood best friend, AgnÃ¨s, receives the news in America, far from the French countryside where the two girls were raised—the place that Fabienne helped AgnÃ¨s escape ten years ago. Now AgnÃ¨s is free to tell her story.
As children in a war-ravaged backwater town, they’d built a private world, invisible to everyone but themselves—until Fabienne hatched the plan that would change everything, launching AgnÃ¨s on an epic trajectory through fame, fortune, and terrible loss.