WINNER SWISS LITERATURE PRIZE
WINNER PRIX DU PUBLIC DE LA R.T.S.
WINNER Prix des Lectrices Edelweiss
SHORTLISTED PRIX MÉDICIS
Translated by Charlotte Mandell
1976. Europe is in the grip of the worst drought in living memory.
The Sutter household teeters on the brink of ruin. The farmer and pater familias has invested his entire fortune in 10,000 chickens and a modern barn. But the barn’s cooling systems are failing, and the chicks are dying off in their hundreds.
Meanwhile his wife invites the mysterious Cécile, glamorous, metropolitan and sexy, to stay at the farm.
Their son, 13-year-old Gus, observes helplessly as his family and his carefree childhood dissolve in the heat.
With poignancy and humour, Year of the Drought evokes several worlds – of childhood, of traditional farming, of patriarchy – at the very moment of their destruction.