The Book of Mother

The Book of Mother: Longlisted for the International Booker Prize

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/10/2021
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The Book of Mother
Utterly mesmerising
Longlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize, this debut novel is a mesmerising ode to the relationship between mother and child - the highs, the low... READ MORE
Lily W


Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022 A prize-winning tour de force when it came out in France, Violaine Huisman's remarkable debut novel is about a daughter's inextinguishable love for her magnetic, mercurial mother. Beautiful and charismatic, Catherine, aka 'Maman', smokes too much, drives too fast, laughs too hard and loves too extravagantly. During a joyful and chaotic childhood in Paris, her daughter Violaine wouldn't have it any other way. But when Maman is hospitalised after a third divorce and breakdown, everything changes. Even as Violaine and her sister long for their mother's return, once she's back Maman's violent mood swings and flagrant disregard for personal boundaries soon turn their home into an emotional landmine. As the story of Catherine's own traumatic childhood and coming of age unfolds, the pieces come together to form an indelible portrait of a mother as irresistible as she is impossible, as triumphant as she is transgressive. With spectacular ferocity of language, a streak of dark humor and stunning emotional bravery, The Book of Mother is an exquisitely wrought story of a mother's dizzying heights and devastating lows, and a daughter who must hold her memory close in order to let go.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349012339
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 436g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 26 mm

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