Item description for Sans Moi by Marie Desplechin...
The narrator of Sans Moi is a working single mother struggling to bring up her two young children. Olivia is a recovering drug addict and onetime prostitute who desperately needs a job. When Olivia---on the face of it a highly unsuitable babysitter---moves in, trailing her chaotic past behind her, their lives collide with unexpected results. In the year they live together, companionship, intimacy, and humor create a friendship full of vitality and mutual respect---as well as something of a family life. Marie Desplechin details this emotional terrain with delicate grace and irony. At once desperate and hopeful, Sans Moi explores the nature of friendship and the complicated dynamics of learning how to love and be loved.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.01" Width: 4.25" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.31 lbs.
Publisher Editions Du Seuil
ISBN 2020382040 ISBN13 9782020382045
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More About Marie Desplechin
Marie Desplechin was born in northern France. She is the author of a short story collection, "Trop Sensibles," and a children's novel.
The two main characters are: an educated woman doing PR work which she hates, but which affords her a lot of independence, with two great kids, an accomodating "ex", many good friends; a young woman who has had an unspeakable childhood, which has deeply scarred her, but has left her with an innate cheerfulness and interest in and ability to relate to people. Unfortunately, it is the former who is the narrator, and she is depressed and depressing. Prose is good, often simple, but with occasional flashes of fine imagery.
Despleche Mode (And We Love It) May 12, 2001
This is one of the most gentle narratives I've yet read, with Desplechin's ability to handle the complexities of her subject matter with a deft touch leaving the distinct feeling that the same material, in other writer's hands, could become more melodramtic and infinitely less effective. The novel focuses on two Parisian women, one a rehabilitating drug addict and the other a seperated successful freelance writer and mother-of-two, and the ups and downs of their relationship. What I really liked about the novel was the downplayment of the narration, which contains within it a very left-of-centre sense of humour, very cynical in its way, but ultimately very warming. Overall I found the book swift to read, and a novel that I would defy you not to enjoy.