★ WINNER OF THE ENCORE PRIZE ★
Venezuela, 1953. The war is over and people are trying to rebuild their lives. For the privileged expat community around the Maracaibo oilfields life is still a hedonistic round of cocktail parties, salacious gossip, and illicit liaisons.
At the centre of this glamorous, hard-drinking ‘set’ is Texan oilman, Jack Lindberg, and his beautiful English wife, Vivienne. But the war has changed everything. Observing the shifts and subterfuges of their world is Tony – Vivienne’s eleven year-old daughter. As the cracks begin to show in her parents’ marriage, and as the façade of colonial society starts to disintegrate, a tragic drama unfolds that will change her life forever.
Reviews FOR undiscovered country
‘A lovely book – sensuous, sad and often extremely funny… an intense, richly textured narrative. Koning deftly weaves multiple viewpoints…’
—Patrick Gale, Daily Telegraph
‘Koning shows herself to be an expert observer… full of exquisite writing and considerable charm.’
—Michael Arditti, The Independent
‘Undiscovered Country launches with tremendous gusto into some irresistible stories; the traumas of adults, glimpsed by bewildered children, guilt, sex, passion… and a lot of completely blissful Fifties colonial detail (the frocks, the food, the furniture – what a movie!), It whips along in the grand manner, putting the reader under its elegant spell.’
—Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday
‘A beautiful evocation of a tropical childhood. I wish I’d written this book.’
Written by Christina Koning