After her parents’ death in a car crash a few hours after her birth, Louise is taken in by Paul, her father’s twin brother. The two of them could have lived happily ever after, like father and daughter, brother and sister, maybe even like lovers, if one day Marina had not stepped into Paul’s life.
Marina is very young, very pretty, and very strong as well. It is she who convinces Paul to marry her, who believes she can become an ideal stepmother to Louise, and who finally decides that Paul and she will have a child together. Louise decides not to spare Marina nor her fake father Paul from her fits and whims.
After the critically acclaimed Une question d’âge, Évelyne Pisier confirms with her latest novel that she is a unique and gifted observer of both the young and the adolescent as well as the couple in contemporary society. Once more she takes risks, her novel surprises us with its boldness and impoliteness. Too bad and so much the better, since it shows her doubts, her fears, her powerlessness, and ours as well. One does not correct ones’ mistakes.
Évelyne Pisier is a professor of law and political sciences at the University of Paris I. Other than a large number of articles, text books, treatises and dictionaries in her field of studies, she published her first novel in 1994 (La Dernière fois, Flammarion), and a fictional biography of Sonia Rykiel in 2001 (Quand elle n’a pas de rouge, elle met du noir, with Carmen Castillo, Fayard). In 2005 she published Une question d’âge at Stock.
Le roman d’Évelyne Pisier raconte la vie de ces trois personnages. Chacun des protagonistes nous dévoile en prenant la parole à tour de rôle les mystères et les secrets de cette histoire.
Après le succès critique et public d’Une question d’âge, Évelyne Pisier confirme avec ce nouveau livre ses dons uniques d’observatrice tant sur la jeunesse et l’adolescence que sur le couple dans la société contemporaine. Une fois de plus, elle prend des risques, son roman surprend par son audace et son incorrection. Tant pis et tant mieux puisqu’il dit ses doutes, ses peurs, ses impuissances et les nôtres.