Best books of 2018: Where to Find Me is a short novel that feels longer in the best kind of way. Arikha is shaping up to be a major writer, if she isn’t one already. full review
Elegant in style, complex and circular in construction, the story of Flora Dobbs comes to us via her unlikely friendship with a London teenager. Two worlds, two eras: an evocative and subtle novel.
Told in the same carefully-wrought, limpid prose that distinguished Arikha’s memoir of her teenage years, Major/Minor, itself a marvellous book. The author, who is the daughter of renowned Franco-Israeli painter Avigdor Arikha, and also Samuel Beckett’s goddaughter, has written a beautiful, haunting novel that goes to the heart of questions of identity and belonging. full review
The interlinked narratives, voices in counterpoint, harmonise and diverge as Hannah reflects on her own family tragedy and debunks, through her investigation, some of Flora’s articles of faith. Richly drawn characters, gorgeous language and the way it folds history delicately within the story of an individual life. full review
Where to Find Me, the fifth book by Alba Arikha, is the fascinating story of the lives of two women who are destined to become far more important to each other than they could ever have imagined, as well as of the intersecting lives of those closest to them. full review
How I came to write 'Where to find me' full review
Alba Arikha's book considers the dilemma of safety over courage, the dangers of viewing ‘facts’ through a fissure of the past, of the creeping poison of good people unwilling to act out of denial or fear, and of inevitability.
The story is captivating. She layers chance encounters upon long-grasped secrets and lies; spins mystery and myth out of her characters’ clashes with some of the most traumatic history of the 20th century, and explores the legacy of betrayal and tragedy.
Aching and luminous
In a book of many secrets and clandestine activities, the final clue lies in the title.
There are traces of poetry and painting - including a meticulous attention to colour in passages describing Paris, Jerusalem and London. full review