The Scent of Lemon Leaves

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A sophisticated, nail-biting page-turner by one of Spain's most accomplished authors, this tale of memory, friendship, and deception won the Planeta Prize, Spain's equivalent of the National Book Award

Having left her job and boyfriend, 30-year-old Sandra decides to stay in a village on the Costa Blanca in order to take stock of her life and find a new direction. She befriends Karin and Fredrik, an elderly Norwegian couple, who provide her with stimulating company and take the place of the grandparents she never had. However, when she meets Julián, a former concentration-camp inmate who has just returned to Europe from Argentina, she discovers that all is not what it seems, and finds herself involved in a perilous quest for the truth as well as a powerful account of self-discovery and an exploration of history and redemption.


Clara Sánchez is the author of eight novels including Últimas noticias del paraíso which won the prestigious Alfaguara Prize in 2000. She won the Premio Nadal for Scent of Lemon Leaves. She is a newspaper columnist for top-selling Spanish newspaper El País and her books have all been translated into several languages. Julie Wark is a translator whose work includes Wars of the 21st Century: New Threats, New Fears.


“filled with suspense.” —The Cat Overlord Book Club