They Say Sarah


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Other Press (NY)
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Pauline Delabroy-Allard was born in 1988. They Say Sarah is her first novel.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than eighty books, including Véronique Olmi's Bakhita and Hervé Le Tellier's Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation's 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.


"Titillating with its frank descriptions of sex...and captivating with its investigation of the suffering involved in passion. It's a brief, intense read...alluring and disturbing." --The Guardian

"An intense affair between two women is brought to [Delabroy-Allard's] enjoyable debut...a book that reads at times--this is high praise--like a new iteration of Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body (absorbing passion, illness, separation) and that moves impressively from the chaos and noise of love, to silence and solitude, like a spun coin settling." --The Observer

"A whirlwind jaunt through two women's fast-moving love affair...the action unspools quickly through a blitz of sex, travel, and emotional turmoil, cascading to a point of no return...thrilling." --Publishers Weekly

"Already a huge hit in France, where it was nominated for the prestigious Prix Goncourt before it was even published, Delabroy-Allard's sulphurous autobiographical novel centers on a young, newly-single mother in Paris who embarks on a tempestuous relationship with a professional violinist.", LGBTQ Books That Are Changing the Literary Landscape in 2020

"A roman fleuve celebrating a lover with absinthe-green eyes...I am hooked." --Michèle Roberts, Times Literary Supplement

"A beautifully rendered and poetic portrait of obsessive love." --Farzana Doctor, author of Seven

"There are shades of Duras, Nabokov, and Barthes in the intensely living heart of this magnificent novel." --L'Express

"Masterful and musical." --L'Humanité

"Dizzying...The intense Her Name Was Sarah has two times, two rhythms, but a uniform narrative and stylistic mastery." --Le Figaro