Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 13/06/2024
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A novel that will make you think
It's hard to review this novel as it's about so many different things, and how do you put that in a neat little review? I guess for me primarily it was abo... READ MORE
Violet Daniels
How to build a…
As someone who is fascinated by the social/political 21st-century phenomena that is the (Kevin McCloud voice) Big Open-Plan Living Area, Scaffolding ticked... READ MORE


The story of two couples who live in the same apartment in north-east Paris almost fifty years apart. In 2019, Anna, a psychoanalyst, is processing a recent miscarriage. Her husband, David, takes a job in London so she spends days obsessing over renovating the kitchen while befriending a younger woman called Clémentine who has moved into the building and is part of a radical feminist collective called les colleuses. Meanwhile, in 1972, Florence and Henry are redoing their kitchen. Florence is finishing her degree in psychology while hoping to get pregnant. But Henry isn’t sure he’s ready for fatherhood… Both sets of couples face the challenges of marriage, fidelity, and pregnancy, against a backdrop of political disappointment and intellectual controversy. The characters and their ghosts bump into and weave around each other, not knowing that they once all inhabited the same space. A novel in the key of Éric Rohmer, Scaffolding is about the bonds we create with people, and the difficulty of ever fully severing them; about the ways that people we’ve known live on in us; and about the way that the homes we make hold communal memories of the people who’ve lived in them and the stories that have been told there.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784742942
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 509g
  • Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 35 mm

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