Emilienne’s life is Paradise, her isolated farm at the end of a winding path. This is where she farms alone, with her courage and her land as her only resources, along with her two little children, Blanche and Gabriel. Seasons pass and they grow up. Then they become teenagers and Blanche falls in love for the first time, a love that devastates everything in its path. His name is Alexandre. They become a couple. But the passion that Blanche dedicates to Paradise dominates her completely, while Alexandre, devoured by his ambition, wishes to move to the city to make a name for himself. Thus, their worlds are torn apart. And then vengeance comes.
A Beast in Paradise is a haunting novel about a lineage of women possessed by their land. A feverish, whispered story about characters and places haunted by madness, desire, and liberty.
Cécile Coulon was born in 1990. She is the author of seven novels, including Trois Saisons d’orage, which won the Prix des Libraires, three prize-winning collections of poems, and a collection of short stories.