For the start of the school year, the French writer Brigitte Giraud returns in a brilliant way to one of the most tragic events of her life.
After the excellent Day of Courage, which tells the touching story of a teenager who reveals his homosexuality by talking about the Jewish-German doctor Magnus Hirschfeld, Brigitte Giraud offers us a very personal account.
On June 22, 1999, Claude, her husband, indeed lost his life in a motorcycle accident which occurred a few steps from their home, at the corner of boulevard des Belges and rue Félix-Jacquier in Lyon.
A tragedy that she will decide 20 years later to dissect and explain by going back over all the events which, put together, ended up leading Claude directly to death.
Foot on the accelerator
During all these years, Brigitte Giraud has literally been obsessed with a “litany of 'if's'” that will start with her decision to sell the apartment in the Croix-Rousse district in which Claude and she were happy.
Because come to think of it, her husband would probably still be alive if she hadn't insisted on buying something bigger with a garden, if she hadn't gotten the keys to their new house in advance, if her brother hadn't taken the opportunity to come and park her motorcycle there, if she hadn't postponed an appointment with her editor until the following week or if it had rained on June 22 in the afternoon.
Even though we know exactly how it's all going to end, we can't help but hang on to the pen of this writer who revisits her past to better face it.
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