Just After the Wave

Sandrine Collette (Author) Alison Anderson (Translator)


A small boat, alone on the furious ocean. A family stranded on an island, battered by waves on all sides. A decision which looms, unavoidable, on the horizon.

When a volcano collapses in the ocean and generates a tidal wave of biblical proportions, the world disappears around Louie, his parents and his eight siblings. Their house, perched on a summit, stands firm. As far as the eye can see there is only silver water. It is shaken by violent storms, like jolts of rage.

A remarkable story of destruction, resilience, love, and the invisible but powerful links that bind a family together.

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Europa Editions
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
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About the Author

Sandrine Collette was born in Paris in 1970. She divides her time between Nanterre, where she teaches philosophy and literature, and Burgundy, where she has a horse stud farm. She is the author of numerous novels. Nothing but Dust, winner of the Landerneau Prize for crime fiction, was her English-language debut.


Praise for Just After the Wave

"In tense, tightly controlled, and genuinely devastating prose, Collette explores the existential dilemma of pitting the good of the many against the good of the few with both nuance and great linguistic beauty."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"An engrossing fable in which families and societies unravel and are refashioned."--ForeWord Reviews

"More than the suspense or the twists, it is above all a heavy atmosphere, a constricted setting, a tragic situation unavoidable from the outset, which anchor the reader in a state of stress and anxiety and leaves him little escape." --Actualitté

Praise for Nothing But Dust

"A combination of a South American Western and a noir, Nothing But Dust has airs of Faulknerian tragedy in full Argentinian heat. A vicious circle of cruelty and redemption, written with complete austerity." ―Lire

"[Sandrine Collette] has a gift. The gift to lose herself in unknown, inhospitable lands and, as if by magic, to bring forth from them the harshest bitterness and the most firmly hidden beauty." ―L'Express

"A claustrophobic drama placed in a setting both hostile and sublime." ―Biblioteca Magazine

"The novel's descriptions of nature are at times exalted, at others coldly descriptive―but in spite of the severity that dominates the setting, in Collette's prose, the young Rafael is a radiant hero." ―Télérama