A fierce and poetic debut on surviving the wilderness of family life
At home there are four rooms: one for her, one for her brother, one for the parents … and one for the corpses. The father is a big game hunter, a powerful predator, while the mother is a fragile, trembling amoeba, submissive to her violent husband’s demands. The young narrator tries to overcome the daily grind with her brother, Gilles, as they play in the shells of cars dumped for scrap and listen out for the chimes of the ice-cream van. When a brutal accident shatters the present, nothing is ever the same again. The uncompromising pen of Adeline Dieudonné wields flashes of brilliance and imagination as she brings to life wild characters in a world that is both dark and sensual. This breathtaking debut is a funny and acerbic coming-of-age tale in which reality and illusion collide. Dieudonné doesn’t write, she roars!
February 4, 2020
‘A magnificent heroine of freedom and intelligence’ —BRUNO CORTY, Le Figaro
‘A sense of rhythm, hard-hitting words, and vitriolic humor’ —COLINE SERREAU, director of Chaos
‘Bitter, raw and fast-paced: a tale that’s filled with a hunger for life’ —ALAIN LORFÉVRE, La Libre Belgique
‘This story is inevitably touching and disturbing, since it meticulously displays the mechanisms of physical and moral domestic violence through a cruel, perverse and violent father. The author’s style is slick, poetic, metaphoric, beautiful and brutal at once, much like life can be, too.’ —Light and Smell Blog