Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic review — teetering over the abyss

On a holiday in Provence, Luke proposes to Anya. Nothing about it is romantic — both seem wearily locked into the next step of their stagnating five-year relationship, trying to paper over the cracks even as the walls crumble around them. “The subject of our engagement quickly felt too awkward to return to,” Anya, our narrator, tells us. The sense of hangnail-tugging dread established in the opening pages of Asylum Road, Olivia Sudjic’s second novel, never dissipates.

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