Ladivine: A novel

Ladivine: A novel


From the highly acclaimed writer of Three powerful Women—“a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes” (The big apple Times)—here is a harrowing and subtly crafted novel of a lady captive to a mystery shame.

at the first Tuesday of each month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and younger daughter and secretly takes the teach to Bordeaux to go to her mom, Ladivine. simply as Clarisse’s husband and daughter understand not anything of Ladivine, Clarisse herself has hidden approximately each element of her grownup existence from this girl, whom she dreads and despises but in addition pities. some time past deserted via Clarisse’s father, Ladivine works as a housecleaner and has not anyone yet her daughter, whom she understands as Malinka.

After greater than twenty-five years of this deception, the idyllic middle-class life Clarisse has equipped from scratch can not live to tell the tale contained in the partitions she’s submit to guard it. Her untold ache leaves her chilly and protected, her family eternally trapped outdoor, having a look in. while her husband, Richard, eventually leaves her, Clarisse unearths convenience within the include of a risky neighborhood guy, Freddy Moliger. With Freddy, she ultimately feels reconciled to, or no less than comfortable with, her real self. yet this peace comes at a poor expense. Clarisse could be brutally murdered, and it'll be left to her now-grown daughter, who additionally bears the identify Ladivine with out figuring out why, to see who her mom used to be and what occurred to her.

A enthralling and heart-stopping mental story of a trauma that ensnares 3 generations of girls, Ladivine proves Marie NDiaye to be one in every of Europe’s nice storytellers.

Translated from the French by way of Jordan Stump

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