Rose Desert

Violaine Huisman

240 pages September 2019 copies in French Literary Fiction

“Violaine Huisman confirms her unique talent… This is a
boldly literary work, an account of a metamorphosis.”

After a breakup that leaves her devastated and depleted, Violaine leaves New York to travel across the Sahara, from Morocco to Senegal. Underlying this improbable and dangerous journey is grief for the loss of her extraordinary mother, and the need to reclaim her identity.

The journey is also a call to revisit her past relationships, in a fearless confrontation of the taboos around desire and the search for love.


“Violaine Huisman confirms her unique style… Rose desert is not merely a book about memories or goodbyes. […] Rather, it is a proudly literary work, the account of a metamorphosis.” –Le Monde

“What is the female condition? […] This book is a remarkable illustration of it” –Libération

“A work of great elegance.” –Vogue

“Magnificent. The rage of love – acts of rebellion against the injustices of fate – are rendered skillfully in a style that combines refined classicism and implacable crudeness. This second novel attests to Huisman’s rare talent.” –Marie Claire

“Abrupt, intense, passionate – sparkling so brightly that the reader is blinded by it. Each phrase reveals the restrained violence, the (contained) desire to fight, a desperate acceptance of life that is the mark of the best writers.” –Le Point

“Violaine Huisman’s style has an almost hypnotic power. At times gentle, at others abrupt, indeed even crudely erotic, she conveys equally well the beauty of wilderness and the agony of desire, the havoc of madness and the pain of loss.” -L’Express

“The story starts off at breakneck speed and never lets up… One of the most striking journey of self discovery that we know of…” -Le Parisien