With this short novel, the French woman of letters Gaëlle Josse marks and upsets.
From her earliest childhood, Isabelle did not have the right to the loving and playful father that we sometimes see in the American series of the 1960s. In addition to being distant and taciturn, his was rather the kind to having unpredictable moods. Worse, he was also capable of dropping sentences as murderous as “You will never be loved by anyone” or “You will miss your life”. In short, he could hardly have done better to sabotage his daughter's self-esteem forever.
Isabelle has been refusing to visit him for years. . But there, she no longer really has the choice to do so, her brother Olivier having expressly asked her to return to their small native village overlooked by the Alps.
The time of secrets
For the past three or four months, Olivier has noticed that their 80-year-old father, who was once a mountain guide, was starting to have ups and downs in terms of memory. So before he totally lost the card, he wanted his sister to see him again. To talk about a past that has too often been conjugated in the imperfect, but also to lift the veil on all those secrets that screwed up their childhood. In particular one, which will finally allow Isabelle to understand why her father could be so obnoxious with her.
Served by chiseled and precise writing, a short but intense three-part novel, which forces the admiration.
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From surprise to surprise
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