Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger

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Marie-Sabine Roger presents a tale of quiet hope and discovery alongside a person’s history that is profoundly sad. An unusual Bildungsroman that is candid and refreshing.
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His mother calls him a worthless halfwit while his fellow drunks at the local bar ensure he's the butt of all their jokes. He spends his days whittling wood, counting pigeons and adding his own name to the list on the town war memorial. So how could Germain possibly anticipate what a casual encounter on a park bench with eighty-five-year old Margueritte might mean?

In this touchingly comic tale of an unusual friendship, that first conversation opens a door into a world Germain has never imagined—the world of books and ideas—and gives both him and Margueritte the chance of a happiness they thought had passed them by.
 

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Born in Bordeaux in 1957, Marie-Sabine Roger has been writing books for both adults and children since 1989. Soft in the Head was made into a 2010 film, My Afternoons with Margueritte, directed by Jean Becker, starring Gerard Depardieu. Get Well Soon won the Prix des lecteurs de l’Express in 2012 and will be published by Pushkin Press in 2017.Frank Wynne is an award-winning translator from French and Spanish. He has won the IMPAC Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Scott Moncrieff Prize. He has translated a number of Spanish and Latin American authors, including Tomás Eloy Martínez, Isabel Allende, Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Tomás Gonzalez, whose In the Beginning Was the Sea is published by Pushkin Press.
Author Residence: Bordeaux, France
Author Hometown: Bordeaux, France
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Pushkin Press. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Melissa Lawford on Jul 08 2016

Marie-Sabine Roger presents a tale of quiet hope and discovery alongside a person’s history that is profoundly sad. An unusual Bildungsroman that is candid and refreshing.

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