Maria Bertran lives in grayness, without even knowing it. She has a boyfriend she gets by with, a job that doesn’t fulfill her, and the burden of holding her family together. Her father, a clueless genius, lives with Maria’s sister Sara, an extremely sensitive girl with problems relating to others and an incapacity to get over their mother’s death. A work opportunity takes Maria away from Barcelona for a time, to Mirepoix, a small town in the south of France. Contact with the tight web of social relations there, especially with two men – Monsieur Baillard, who is in charge of recuperating a local cultivar to present it at the national agriculture fair, and Jerome, a former elite-level skier and constant presence at the local bar – will help Maria to examine her life, and in doing so to question the prejudices her first impressions leave her with.
Halfway between realist comedy and the novel of self-discovery, The Origin of Purple Cabbage is an original debut, full of humor and sensitivity, dedicated to characters in the midst of rebuilding themselves, who refuse to give up their dreams.
Marta Batallé is a new literary voice, original, sensitive, and compulsively readable.