Winter readings by

Charlotte Casiraghi

Eve Babitz

Eve Babitz, Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A., Published by New York Review Books, 2016.

Eve Babitz is a ferocious boho-intellectual but a L.A. woman above all. In Slow Days Fast Company, Babitz recounts tales of her everyday life, her famous lovers who remain under a pseudonym, the LA rock and roll scene and its fast company. Reading Babitz’s work feels indulgent and hedonistic. Babitz’s casual style, irony, and humour have depth and awareness that never fail to charm her reader.

Pauline Delabroy-Allard

Pauline Delabroy-Allard, All About Sarah, translated by Adriana Hunter, Vintage, 2021.

All About Sarah is a striking debut novel. An unnamed woman in her thirties narrates her infatuation and love affair with a woman named Sarah. The novel’s use of rapid pace, short chapters and repetitions is effective in conveying the buildup to an intense but ultimately crushing love. This love is sudden, all encompassing, obsessive, possessive, alienating and self-abandoning. So much that it appears unsustainable, almost dangerous.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, Letter to my daughter, © Little, Brown Book Group Ltd, 2012. Courtesy of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC.
Excerpt from LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER by Maya Angelou, copyright © 2008 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

“I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you.”
Letter to My Daughter is a wonderful, sincere, and hopeful collection of short essays, recounting personal stories, inspirations, lessons learnt, and gratitude expressed, mother’s guilt, grappling with racism and raising a child in a racist society. Most of all, this book is compassionate and profound in its simplicity.

Anna Hope

Anna Hope, Expectation, © Transworld, 2020.

A perceptive novel spanning the lives of three women from their tweens to their forties. From their personal disappointments to the evolution and complications of their long-term friendship, Expectation captures the varied experiences of womanhood. In their thirties, Hannah, Cate and Lissa struggle with regret and uncertainty. None of them are where they want to be, and each wants what the other has. Hope’s novel explores unspoken aspects in female friendships such as rivalry, politics, privilege, and judgment towards one’s chosen path in life.

Rendezvous recorded at the librairie 7L, 7, rue de Lille

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