Moon in a Dead Eye
Set in a newly constructed retirement village in the south of France, Moon in a Dead Eye follows the increasingly intertwined lives of the community’s first few inhabitants: two couples and a mysteriously single woman. As they all feel each other out and try to adapt to their peaceful — if not boring — new surroundings, their isolation is interrupted by the annual arrival of a Gypsy camp just outside the community gates, and an uncertain fear takes hold, throwing everything off kilter.
This is a precisely written, acerbic, and yet touchingly humane piece of social satire, and the tension Garnier establishes with so little actual action is amazing. This book accomplishes the challenging feat of being grisly, funny, and thought-provoking all at the same time, without a single misstep.