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A darkly erotic novel about a good girl gone bad

When Irina—Romanian by birth but brought up by American parents who have never understood her—arrives at college, she quickly abandons ordinary student life for an affair with an older, mysterious Romanian man named Andrei.

Andrei awakens a powerful sensuality in Irina. And he has money—lots of it. For the first time, Irina feels free. But the longer she stays with Andrei, the more she is certain that she can’t leave and that she may be complicit in Andrei’s work—whatever that “work” might be. Then an unexpected friendship with a young Russian bride opens the door to escape … and revenge.

A tantalizing, edgy exploration of women and love, power and money—interwoven with potent, unusual, and nervy Romanian fairy tales—In the Red asks what the legacy of love is, and who will be left unscathed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "In the Red is an absolutely dazzling book, a nuanced and haunting meditation on morality, love, crime, and belonging. In a word, this book is brilliant.”

    Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

  • "In the Red has all the elements that make for a down-the-rabbit-hole story: it’s exotic, dangerous, deviant, delicious. But this is also essential reading about sex and identity—how trauma informs first loves and relationships open old wounds. Shapiro understands the balance sheet of power between men and women better than any other writer out there. In the Red deserves a place beside Colette and Anaïs Nin on every woman’s bookshelf.”

    Koren Zailckas, author of Mother, Mother and Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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About the Author

Elena Mauli Shapiro was born and raised in Paris. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA in fiction from Mills College, and an MA in comparative literature from the University of California, Davis. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband.

About the Narrator

Veronica Den is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Karina Halle’s The Artists trilogy.