A Frozen Woman
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  • Paperback
  • 192
  • October 1996
  • 9781888363388

A Frozen Woman

Annie Ernaux

Translated by Linda Coverdale

A Frozen Woman charts Ernaux's teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession—with the inevitable conflict between the two. And then she is thirty years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons. She looks after their nice apartment, raises her children. And yet, like millions of other women, she has felt her enthusiasm and curiosity, her strength and her happiness, slowly ebb under the weight of her daily routine. The very condition that everyone around her seems to consider normal and admirable for a woman is killing her.

While each of Ernaux's books contain an autobiographical element, A Frozen Woman, one of Ernaux's early works, concentrates the spotlight piercingly on Annie herself. Mixing affection, rage and bitterness, A Frozen Woman shows us Ernaux's developing art when she still relied on traditional narrative, before the shortened form emerged that has since become her trademark.

REVIEWS

"Unflagging truth-telling … limpid perfection, uncluttered Gallic grace, words arranged in harmony." —Los Angeles Times

"Annie Ernaux concisely charts telling moments during adolescence love, marriage, career, and motherhood … " —St. Louis Post Dispatch

About Annie Ernaux

Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseignement par Correspondance. In 1984, she won the Prix Renaudot for her book La Place. Eight of her novels have been published in America, including A Woman’s Story, a New York Times Notable Book, and A Man’s Place, a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her more recent works include Se perdre (2001),  L’usage de la photo (2005), Les Années (2008), L'Autre fille (2011), L'Atelier noir (2011), and Écrire la vie (2011).

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