Candy Story by Marie Redonnet
(European Women Writers)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Candy Story recounts a turbulent year in the life of Mia, a young woman whose apparent calm is perpetually threatened by inner doubts and outer catastrophe. Her modest dreams of happiness are dashed by the deaths of her mother, old friends, and her lover. Mia is a talented writer, the author of an autobiographical novel. Now, assailed by calamity and misfortune, she struggles with writer’s block, confounded—at least for the moment—by the senseless world around her. Candy Story is the fourth novel by Marie Redonnet. Translations of the first three—Hôtel Splendid, Forever Valley, and Rose Mellie Rose—are also available from the University of Nebraska Press. In its unadorned prose and passionate focus on the inner life of a young woman, this fourth novel is unmistakably allied to the earlier ones. It will enthrall Redonnet’s admirers and win new ones. Born in Paris in 1947, Redonnet taught for a number of years in a suburban lycée before deciding to pursue a writing career full time. Since her volume of poetry Le Mort & Cie appeared in 1985, she has published four novels, a novella, numerous short stories, and three dramatic works.

About Marie Redonnet

See more books from this Author
Alexandra Quinn is a program associate at The Academy of American Poets in New York. This is her first book-length translation.
Published September 1, 1995 by University of Nebraska Press. 99 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Candy Story

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In reechoing sequences of errands and encounters, presented with Beckett-like spareness and clarity, we observe Mia's dreamy sublimation in the lives of family, colleagues, and lovers whose vocations (many are, or wish to be, writers) and fates (they seem surrounded, if not also linked, by the lo...

| Read Full Review of Candy Story (European Women W...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Those who have read Redonnet's Hotel Splendid, Forever Valley, and Rose Mellie Rose, all of which were published by Nebraska last year, will recognize certain elements: the swamp and other watery motifs, the decrepit hotel, the mayor's widow.

| Read Full Review of Candy Story (European Women W...

Rate this book!

Add Review