Marie Darrieussecq, Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ is a writer and psychoanalyst. In 1996 her first novel, Pig Tales, met with worldwide success.
LINDA COVERDALE has a Ph.D. in French Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and has translated more than sixty books. A Chevalier de l?Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she has won the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the 1997 and 2008 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn.
from ClèvesBy Marie Darrieussecq, Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
Her parents are having friends over. Theyre drinking rosé. Off you go then, to your village fair. The guests whistle when she appears in her dress. Her mother kisses her and rubs her cheek to get the lipstick off. Her father gives her a ten-franc note.