A German plane that has just bombed the north coast of Africa crashes off the southeastern coast of Minorca. Meanwhile in the city of Algiers, Alfred Gold and his grandson Daniel, Jews who have left France fleeing the Nazis, open a tailor shop. When an elegant French settler, Michel Bisset, who runs the most luxurious restaurant in the Algerian capital—the Café de Paris— is their first customer, it gives them a sliver of hope. At the restaurant, young Daniel Gold meets Omar, a veteran of the French troops, and Isabel, a girl from Fort de l'Eau, a town in the Bay of Algiers founded and inhabited by Minorcans. Fifty years later, on the streets of Barcelona, Marta and Hanna meet and begin a relationship in which their secrets and family histories will weigh heavily. The intersection of the two stories weaves a tapestry showing that, despite the ravages of war, there are those who cling to love and solidarity.
A story of love and survival between two continents.
III Proa Novel Prize winner.