Adèle and her younger brother Axel grew up in a hamlet in the spectacular mountains of the Ardèche region in south-east France. Ten years later, they have returned to their childhood home and Adèle now drives the school bus. Adèle is desperate to keep the secret of her past--of when she was a boy. No one recognises her here now, but teenagers have a way of getting to the truth...
When a terrifying snowstorm strands the bus on the mountain, Adèle and her passengers take shelter in a cave, and that's when the stories come out. Adele's body has undergone seismic transformations. Just like the landscape around her, the cliff faces scaffolded to stop rockfalls, she has been reshaped, inside and out--to become a woman.
A powerful and beautifully written story of a boy who wanted to be a girl, who became a woman, who lives intensely through her new body and through the physical world around her, of nature and the weather--all of which shape Adèle.
Prize-winning author Emmanuelle Pagano was born in 1969 and lives in the Ardèche in south-east France. She has written fifteen novels. One Day I'll Tell You Everything won the 2009 European Prize for Literature and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. She regularly collaborates with artists working in other disciplines.
'Pagano writes about siblings, about love and lies, about life slipping away, and about adolescents who are full of life. She speaks about bodies transforming, seasons changing, and memories that never fade. This extraordinarily beautiful novel, both sensitive and thoughtful, has an astute and deeply affecting ending.' Livre et Lire
'Close to being a masterpiece. A novel full of grace that takes us into the heart of female experience.' Le Matricule des Anges