Elena Mauli Shapiro
In The Red
(Little Brown, September 2014)
When Irina—Romanian by birth but brought up by American parents who have never understood her—arrives at college she quickly abandons ordinary student life for an affair with an older, mysterious Romanian man named Andrei.
Andrei awakens a powerful sensuality in Irina. And he has money—lots of it. For the first time, Irina feels free. But the longer she stays with Andrei, the more she is certain that she can’t leave, and that she may be complicit in Andrei’s “work.” Then an unexpected friendship with a young Russian bride opens the door to escape, and also revenge.
A tantalizing, edgy exploration of women and love, power and money—interwoven with potent, unusual, and nervy Romanian fairy tales—In The Red asks what the legacy of love is, and who will be left unscathed.
Elena Mauli Shapiro’s debut novel 13, rue Thérèse (LB, 2011) received critical acclaim and sold more than 25,000 copies.
“In The Red is an absolutely dazzling book, a nuanced and haunting meditation on moralty, love, crime, and belonging. In a word, this book is brilliant.”
–Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet
“A sophisticated character study… Shapiro’s deft leaps forward in time and frequent use of eerie Romanian folks tales help make this dark story a multilayered literary treat.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune