For the next little while I'll be highlighting where the story takes place. Tonight? Saint-Malo. In BEING, the city of Saint-Malo is sanctuary for Shepherd. Like so many things in the story, Saint-Malo is both the source of Shepherd's trouble and the key to fixing it. The book is layered in duel-edged swords; it's part of what makes the story so complex.
In real life, Saint-Malo is one of France's most independent places. During the middle ages it was home to the Corsairs (French pirates). It once succeeded from France to become an independent nation (that didn't last long, though). It's tucked along the French coastline up near the English Channel. I've never been there, but like so many places, I'd love to go!