The Old House By The Quarry is a follow-up to Bashiba’s Tale, set in the 17th century..
In 2004 , a diary, found in an attic by Sonia and Bashiba written by their grandfather, is translated by the modern Bashiba and tells the story of the Le Tend family’s early years, it continues with Usula, Pierre‘s daughter, and finally Bashiba.
In 1938 Pierre's family settles in Schaffhausen,Switzerland (my own hometown), escaping a vengeful grandfather. Pierre's mother was an eloping heiress, a Bernnet like the 17th century Bashiba., Nina, in a love match, is married to Edond Le Tend, a tradesman. They meet the Kellers and their daughters Anna and Elsie, an old friend of theirs, Ilse, a young girl, Melia, and Wolfgang Schuhmacher, who teaches piano to Anna. Their lives become intertwined as they settle down in the town, where Pierre starts to get involved with Anna.
Nina’s father dies, and the family move to the Alsace, and new-found wealth, all bar Pierre, who stays behind After the2ndWorld War, his parents describe conditions under the Nazis, and how they harboured a Jewish boy.
Pierre is expected to get engaged to the unpleasant Anna, but he has fallen in love with her sister. He takes over a burnt-out house by a quarry where he writes a diary for future generations, When he dies suddenly, his daughter Ursula is taken by her grandparents to the Alsace, and after two years by to Anna, who abuses her. She is helped By Melia who helps her to run away.
The grown-up Ursula has two children. She suffers from headaches and dies suddenly of a brain tumour. Her daughter Bashiba - so named because of Pierre's love for the name and fascination with the portrait he found in the Big House in Alsace - is the image of our present-day Bashiba. who translates the diary for her English husband and son. Her husband leaves her, and she meets up with Mario, who she fell in love with as a girl and who has bought the old house by the quarry. She returns to Switzerland and has a daughter. They live in the old house by the quarry, a symbol of the regeneration of the family.