quinze ans. Elle est l’auteur de L’École de la dernière chance
(Stock, 2005), un témoignage sur les classes-relais, structures
Annabelle is a painter. One night, she enters a Chinese restaurant. She dips her hand in the large, decorative fish tank, grabs the siren who swims amongst the fish, and runs away. Annabelle puts the creature in her bathtub. And the addiction begins. The siren demands attention and care. She grows, becomes more and more beautiful, strong and authoritarian. She devours Annabelle’s energy and dries her inspiration out. Annabelle surrenders to all this, a consenting victim.
The woman and the siren have only one life to share. One day, the siren reveals a talent as a painter and draftswoman. Hers is an exceptional gift soon recognized. Her work fascinates and hypnotises the public, and Annabel protects her, putting her own existence in the balance.
In spite of Francis, her reliable husband, and the birth of her children, the young woman continues to live under the spell of her strange companion. Then the siren starts to fade way. She becomes smaller, dries up, looses her hair and her scales. As she dies away, Annabelle comes to life again…
This novel is about domination, love, feminine identity and creativity.
Cypora Petitjean-Cerf is 31. She teaches and writes and has already published a text about her experience as a teacher in a school for pupils expelled from the educative system: L’École de la dernière chance. Le musée de la sirène is her first novel.