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‘Just gorgeous. Captures fraught relationships with subtlety and wisdom.’ Julia Gray

‘Moving and beautifully written…explores the complex ties of family and friendship with insight and compassion.’


Tracey Emerson


Can you leave the past in another country?


Francesca Maier knows little of her father’s home country or her parents’ life together before she was born. A summer in Berlin brings the past – and its secrets – alive. Adrift in a foreign city, she finds an unexpected friend in east Berliner Antonio – but what will he sacrifice to save her?


Saving Francesca Maier probes the secrets every family hides and the decisions we make in a volatile world.


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