“Romka” is a novel about loss, longing and letting go. About the people we once knew but who have vanished from our lives, without a trace. About how childhood friendships and infatuations transform into something more intense, sinister perhaps, as we grow up. About how the place and the people we come from, makes us who we are, whether we like it or not.
It tells the story of the disappearance of a young girl, called Romka, from the perspective of her best friend Myriam. Both girls are in their late teens, about to finish school and aching to leave their small town childhood behind. When Romka disappears before their dream can become a reality, Myriam finds herself spiraling out of control, lost to her grief and driven mad by questions left unanswered.
The novel is set on a rural campground, adjacent to a small fishing town. The campground is run by Myriam’s grandparents who took her in when she was a child and have been taking care of her ever since. In the off-season the campground turns into a micro nation in defiance of mainstream laws and customs. It is a sanctuary for people who are down on their luck, who have no one to take them in and nowhere else to go.
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