Palmistry for Beginners



Wendy Nolan grew up in Puerto Rico, Canada and the US. She moved to France as a teenager where she’s lived on and off for the past 20 years. She has a doctorate in 19th-century French literature and has worked as a university lecturer, art historian, French teacher and translator. Her first novel, Rue du Calvaire, was short-listed for the HarperCollins/Varuna competition in Australia and twice for the Varuna publishers’ fellowships with Random House and PanMacMillan. She is currently working on a new novel set in contemporary France and 1970s America. ‘Palmistry for Beginners’ is an excerpt from her novel.