All My Friends by Marie NDiaye

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A moody and beautiful reflection on relationships, and how our idea of the world too often fails to match reality, All My Friends delivers five stories that probe the boundaries between individuals to mediate on how well we really know anybody, including ourselves. Written in hypnotic prose with characters both fully fleshed and unfathomable, All My Friends opens with the fraught love story of a man who has fallen for his housekeeper, his student of many years ago. Losing his grip as he feels his own family turning against him, he plots romance between the housekeeper and an old friend, whom he thinks is perfect for her. Later NDiaye gives us the harsh tale of a young boy longing to escape his life of poverty by becoming a sex slave—just like the beautiful young man that lived next door. And when a woman takes her mentally challenged son on a bus ride to the city, they both know that she’ll return, but he won’t. Chilling, provocative, and touching, this is an unflinching look at the personal horrors we fight every day to suppress—but in All My Friends they’re allowed to roam free.

About Marie NDiaye

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Marie NDiaye is the recipient of the Prix Femina and the Prix Goncourt, the highest honor a French writer can receive. She is the author of over a dozen plays and works of prose, including Trois femmes puissantes, published as Three Strong Women by FSG in 2012. She lives in Paris.Jordan Stump is a two-time nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He has translated books by Nobel laureate Claude Simon, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Eric Chevillard, and many others. He lives in Lincoln, NE.
Published May 21, 2013 by Two Lines Press. 190 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Inhabiting the tense, anxiety-riddled interstices where things fall apart, the five stories in this collection don't follow each other so much as collide like objects in a literary maelstrom, achievin

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The Kenyon Review

To serve her, to show her off at her best, to ease her sorrows, to love her deeply?

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