Winner of the 2018 Fénéon Literary PrizeA subtle, captivating, and insightful exploration of themysterious connections between love, submission, and creation.Helen and Franck, both born into high-ranking diplomaticfamilies, meet in Rome as high-school students and immediatelydetect in each other the wounded child hidden beneath their gildedsocial status. Their relationship becomes a dangerous, explosivemix of love and friendship.Immediately after Helen's graduation, they leave their past andfamily behind to move in together in her apartment in Amsterdam.While Helen immerses herself in her studies and embarks on apromising academic career, Frank, after a few difficult years,makes a spectacular debut on the Dutch Art scene with his firstpaintings. Helen remains faithfully by his side during his rise tofame, overseeing the domestic details of his life in apparent totalself-abnegation.Are introverted Helen and flamboyant Franck who they reallyappear to be? Are they victims or monsters? Kerninon's Englishlanguage debut, full of masterfully orchestrated twists and turns,leaves these simple distinctions behind, and progresses into farmore fascinating terrain.