A monument of language for a flamboyant mother
Flamboyant, proud, and dominant, Josée is unrecognizable after suffering a stroke, which strips her of the ability to speak. Harnessing his power as a playwright and dexterity as a poet, Lanoye weaves together autobiography and fiction to recount the last years of his mother’s life. At the same time he paints a colorful picture of growing up and coming to terms with his homosexuality. Humor, pain and copious amounts of love run throughout this critically acclaimed novel.
November 6, 2018
‘A playful, touching, and verbally extravagant memoir-novel of grief’ —Kirkus Reviews
‘The best Lanoye has ever written’ —De Tijd
‘Painful, gripping, and harrowing, full of verbal pyrotechnics’ —Metro
‘Heart-wrenching and hilarious’ —De Morgen
‘Lanoye breaks out the best of his narrative power and his stylistic brilliance.’ —Humo