One of The Washington Post 's 50 Notable Works of fiction in 2018
“Amélie Nothomb’s twenty-fifth novel is among her very best.”
Marie is the prettiest girl in her provincial hometown and is dating the most popular boy in town. She is the envy of all her schoolmates and she loves it. When she falls pregnant and gives birth to Diana, things change. Diana steals the hearts of all who meet her, inciting nothing but jealousy in her mother.
This is Diana’s story. The story of a young, brilliant woman who grows up without maternal affection. It is the story of Diana’s relationships with other women: her best friend, the sweet Elisabeth; her mentor, the selfish Olivia; her sister, the beloved Célia; and, of course, her mother. It is a story about the baser sentiments that often animate human relations: rivalry, jealousy, distrust.
With her trademark wit, brevity, and tightly wound plots, Nothomb, one of Europe’s most acclaimed and beloved authors, has devised a telling adult fable about human relationships and the mother-daughter bond.
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About the Author
Amélie Nothomb was born in Japan to Belgian parents in 1967. She lives in Paris. Since her debut on the French literary scene, she has published a novel a year, every year. Her edgy fiction, unconventional thinking, and public persona have combined to transform her into a worldwide literary sensation. Her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and been awarded numerous prizes including the French Academy’s 1999 Grand Prix for the Novel, the René-Fallet, Alain-Fournier, and Jean-Giono prizes.
Alison Anderson 's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008) and The Life of the Elves (Europa, 2016), both by Muriel Barbery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Learning from Painful Experience: Written with such delicate nuances and so finely drawn, Nothomb can eliminate the multitude of pages other writers might need to tell a similar story. This book was my introduction to a well known French novelist. Exquisite, the story of a woman from infancy to mid-30s as she struggles with—then wins over—neglect, disrespect, frustration, lack of love—to become a successful surgeon and close friend of another who might otherwise fall into the same patterns she fought. No real sexual or physical abuse, but lots of mental and emotional turmoil help us to become an intimate of Diane’s and experience her place in the world and self. This should go on every person’s bookshelf who has lived through a thoughtful, even if painful, childhood and young adulthood.