A Woman’s Battles and Transformations
Édouard Louis is one of the most important literary voices of his generation' Guardian
One day, Édouard Louis finds a photograph of his mother from twenty years ago: a happy young woman, full of hopes and dreams. But growing up, Édouard only knew his mother's sadness - what happened in those years since the photo was taken? Then, at the age of forty-five, Édouard's mother frees herself from this life of oppression, to start a new one in Paris.
A Woman's Battles and Transformations reckons with the cruel systems that govern our lives - and with the possibility of escape. It is a tender portrait of a mother, and an honouring of her self-discovery as she chooses to live on her own terms.
'Tash Aw's sensitive translation captures the vividness of Louis's voice... Movingly, the book demonstrates the pain that moving from one social class to another entails' Times Literary Supplement
'A tenderness of observation' New York Times
'Incandescent...Louis's most hopeful book to date' Los Angeles Times
Translated from the French by Tash Aw
Format/pages: paperback / 128 pages