Author(s): Alex Christofi
Paris, 1958. After a chance encounter, Ralf and Elsa begin a love affair that will mark their lives. Both already bear scars from their continent's violent upheavals. The end of the war brought Ralf to Paris, where he feels he can hide from the past. Elsa meanwhile tries to hide not just her past from Ralf, but her present too. As they fall more deeply in love they face a dilemma: can you really love someone without giving yourself away? In a Paris recovering from the Second World War but riven by protests and discontent as the old world order falls away, Ralf tries desperately to hold on to the only person he has ever felt he belongs with, while facing the prospect of a reality where love might not be enough. Deeply moving and sweeping in scope, Alex Christofi's second novel is an unforgettable love story as well as a profoundly affecting study of the personal cost of Europe's bloody twentieth century.
A poignant love story set in the wake of the Second World War
A blazing novel about identity, love, kindness, loss and survival in an uncertain world. Let Us Be True will stay with me for a long time -- Rachel Joyce Praise for Glass: 'Charming and funny ... there's enough here to show you the author has plenty more to offer and that, like his hero, he definitely has his heart in the right place. Daily Mail Christofi's writing really does gleam with wit, inventiveness and an offbeat charm -- Kate Saunders The Times [An] impressive, tightly paced coming-of-age story ... a multi-layered story that follows one man's refracted path through life's prism Financial Times
Alex Christofi was born in Dorset and read English at Oxford University. As well as working as an editor, he writes occasional essays and reviews. His first novel Glass, also published by Serpent's Tail, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Betty Trask Prize.