A Woman's Story

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Seven Stories Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and began teaching high school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d'Enseignement par Correspondance. Her books, in particular A Man's Place and A Woman's Story, have become contemporary classics in France. She won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for A Man's Place when it was first published in French in 1984. The English edition was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The English edition of A Woman's Story was a New York Times Notable Book.
"Infinitely original. A Woman's Story is every woman's story. [Its] power rests not in the drama of its main event but in moments that might escape unnoticed, if not for a writer desperate to recapture every last image that her memory reluctantly yields of a lost loved one." -New York Times Book Review

"[A] tender, tough and moving tribute to her mother's life and death ... In this lovely short book Miss Ernaux attempts to explain--or, perhaps, merely to understand--the complex roots and blossoms of a mother/daughter relationship by describing the life of the mother she has just lost." -Washington Times

"Nothing less than a minimalist revelation, a piece of writing so spare and sharp that it cuts straight to the heart with the accuracy of a surgeon's scalpel." -Los Angeles Reader

"[An] unadorned and powerful novel--with the calm and honesty that follow deep grief and reflection." -Booklist

"Somewhere along the way, and without losing the impact of specific details, A Woman's Story transcends the individual. Ernaux finds the truth of her mothers life, and it turns out to be not one thing, but the whole story." -St. Petersburg Times

"An act of great love and of great pain." -Bloomsbury Review