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Sandrine’s parents are dead—or they’re about to be. Her father, certainly; her mother, not quite yet. Alone and suffering from an incurable disease, the elevenyear-old girl finds companionship in her doctor, Tiresias, who morphologically changes sex in unpredictable ways and seemingly without anyone noticing.
The Neptune Room, a melancholic tale about the mysteries of identity and the power dynamics associated with it, opens a door unto a universe of agonies: the long agony of an entire civilization and, microscopically, the spectrum of pain experienced by a young girl and those around her. Voicing anguish and perpetual mourning, The Neptune Room is a poetic novel, at once artful and compassionate, kaleidoscopic in its chronology, and resoundingly sombre. It is about change, great and small, and all the little deaths along the way—both public and private. It embodies a puncto reflexionis—a turning point piecing together the tender, terrible, unmistakable puzzle that is life.