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Three Strong Women
     

Three Strong Women

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by Marie Ndiaye
 

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From the acclaimed literary celebrity--the first black woman ever to win the Prix Goncourt--a harrowing and beautiful novel of the travails of West African immigrants in France, giving voice as never before to Europe's most unwanted.

This is the story of three women who say no: Norah, a French-born lawyer who finds herself in Senegal, summoned by her estranged

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From the acclaimed literary celebrity--the first black woman ever to win the Prix Goncourt--a harrowing and beautiful novel of the travails of West African immigrants in France, giving voice as never before to Europe's most unwanted.

This is the story of three women who say no: Norah, a French-born lawyer who finds herself in Senegal, summoned by her estranged tyrannical father to save another victim of his paternity; Fanta, who leaves a contented life as a teacher in Dakar to follow her white French boyfriend back to France, where his depression and dislocation poison everything; and Khady, a penniless widow put out by her husband's family with nothing but the name of a distant cousin (the aforementioned Fanta) in France (a place she can scarcely conceive). As these three lives intertwine, each woman manages an astonishing feat of self-preservation against the incomprehensibly methodical and relentless humiliation that is the unacknowledged life of those who have made themselves the fastest-growing, and most-reviled, people in Europe. In Marie NDiaye's luminous narration we see with stunning emotional exactitude the progress by which ordinary women discover unimagined reserves of strength.

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ISBN-13:
9780857050571
Publisher:
Quercus Publishing Plc
Publication date:
04/28/2012

Meet the Author

MARIE NDIAYE was born in Pithiviers, France, in 1967; spent her childhood with her French mother (her father was Senegalese); and studied linguistics at the Sorbonne. She started writing when she was twelve or thirteen years old and was only eighteen when her first work was published. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Prix Femina literary prize for her novel Rosie Carpe, and in 2009, the Prix Goncourt for Three Strong Women.

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Three Strong Women 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couidn't read it, a total waste of time!