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A Woman's Battles and Transformations

Édouard Louis; Translated from the French by Tash Aw

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374606749
ISBN13: 9780374606749


112 Pages



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Late one night, Édouard Louis got a call from his forty-five-year-old mother: “I did it. I left your father.” Suddenly, she was free.

This is the searing and sympathetic story of one woman’s liberation: of mothers and sons, of history and heartbreak, of politics and power. It reckons with the cruel systems that govern our lives—and with the possibility of escape. Sharp, short, and fine as a needle, it is a necessary addition to the work of Édouard Louis, “one of France’s most widely read and internationally successful novelists” (The New York Times Magazine).


Praise for A Woman's Battles and Transformations

“While the narrative is pulled from his life, the personal is always political—and Louis tracks his mother’s violence and pain as intertwined with capitalism, patriarchy, and systems beyond our control. Translated by his friend and novelist Tash Aw, this is not to be missed.”—Jonny Diamond, Lit Hub

“Ravishing . . . This one-sitting read, slim and complete, dazzles with memories sieved to their finest grains and affirms the extraordinary power of writing.”—Annie Bostrom, Booklist

“The writing [in A Woman's Battles and Transformations] is intensely lyrical but the subject rubs up against the political . . . Moving and beautiful.”—David Keymer, Library Journal (starred review)

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Everything started with a photo. I didn’t know that this image existed or that I possessed it—who gave it to me, and when?

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The photo was taken by her the year she turned twenty. I imagine that she must have...

About the author

Édouard Louis; Translated from the French by Tash Aw

Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers The End of Eddy and History of Violence as well as the nonfiction book Who Killed My Father. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis was born Eddy Bellegeule in the working-class village of Hallencourt in northern France, and he attended the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

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