Madina’s family have fled war to seek asylum in Europe and begin a hopeful new life. An ordinary world of fitting in at school, learning the language and forging friendships lies before Madina. Yet she finds herself caught between her new life and her traumatic memories of the past. With the endless wait to be granted asylum, and her anxious father growing ever more controlling, can Madina find the path that’s right for her?
Translated by Claire Storey
Julya Rabinowich was born in St Petersburg in 1970. Her family emigrated to Vienna in 1977. She works as a writer, columnist and painter, as well as an interpreter. For many years she also worked with refugees and survivors of war and torture. Her adult and YA novels have won numerous awards, including the Friedrich Gerstäcker Prize, the Austrian Children's and Young People's Book Prize and the Luchs Prize for Me, In Between.