Benoîte Groult was born in Paris in 1920. She studied classical philology and then taught French Literature and Latin. Before becoming a writer in her forties, she was a radio journalist and an editor at Elle and Marie-Claire. She is the author of six other novels, three of them written together with her sister, Flora. Groult’s perennial bestseller, Salt on my Skin (´Les Vaisseaux du Cœur´), published in 1988, was branded pornographic in some literary circles because of its vivid depictions of an extramarital affair and female sexuality. This pioneering text went on to raise a storm, win the hearts of millions, and was subsequently translated into twenty-seven languages.
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