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Will You Ever Change? Broché – 13 juin 2017
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Charming, quirky, and funny, this oh-so-relatable novel from the bestselling author of Out of Sorts shines a light on the always-complicated je ne sais quoi of every family’s relationship.
As Martine and Jacques Le Guennec prepare for their annual family Christmas dinner, Martine reminds her husband to be on his best behavior. Their son Nicolas is bringing his girlfriend, Jeanne, to their home for the first time, and she doesn’t want Jacques to scare this one off.
Jacques has always ruled his roost with patriarchal bravado, and he can’t help but verbally antagonize everyone―especially the wives of his sons. Jeanne, a strong-willed woman who grew up without a father, clashes with the curmudgeon, and she worries that her boyfriend might be too much like his father.
It’s all starting to make Martine question everything about her relationship with her husband. And, though she makes that perfectly clear to him, the old dog is not anxious to learn new tricks.
When Jeanne saves Jacques’s life, he begins to realize it may be time to change his ways if he wants to hold on to his wife and keep the family close. But is it too late?
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Biographie de l'auteur
Aurélie Valognes was born and raised near Paris, France. After business school, she began working for American companies and spent the early part of her career as a brand manager, working and traveling across Europe. A move from her home country for an international assignment in Italy rekindled her love of writing. Her first novel, Mémé dans les orties (Out of Sorts), became a bestseller in France and has been translated into many languages. She lives in Milan with her husband and two sons.
Wendeline A. Hardenberg became interested in translation as an undergrad at Smith College, where she ultimately translated part of a novel from French for her honors thesis. After earning a dual master’s degree in comparative literature (with a focus on translation) and library science from Indiana University Bloomington, she embarked on a dual career as a translator and a librarian. Her translation of Aurélie Valognes’s first novel, Out of Sorts, was published in January 2016. Learning new languages and translating from them is one of her favorite hobbies. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : Amazon Crossing (13 juin 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477808922
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477808924
- Poids de l'article : 181 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 7,667 en Littérature humoristique (Livres)
- 374,784 en Anglais
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Although I have not read the book in the original French, I suspect that the translation is a bit too literal at times making the flow of language feel a bit off key.
It’s a light feel good read.
I found this book to be entertaining. It's light-hearted and a quick read, good for a holiday or vacation.
The story takes place over a year and tells vignette stories about a large family and their family gatherings. Being part of a large family that has holiday gatherings, I could relate to the tension. There is really nothing like waiting for a certain family member to say the wrong thing or to serve food that doesn't match someone's diet. Those eggshells are depicted in the story as the matriarch tries in vain to encourage the patriarch to change his ways.
The family in the story is financially comfortable, so most of the story elements aren't relatable to all families - who eats foie gras? Certainly the attitudes and frustrations translate well to most people.
Speaking of translation, this book is translated from French to English. It's a bit bumpy in parts, but overall it's decent. My only criticism is flow, but it's entirely possible that there are flow issues in the original French.
Being a quick read, there isn't a deep level of character or storyline development. That being said, it's worth a read - especially if you are part of a larger family with in-law quirks and unique family traditions.
Martine is tired of being taken advantage of by her husband and of not having great relationships with her daughters-in-law so she gives Jacques an ultimatum: be kind and considerate to his family or leave it.
Out of Sorts is the first book I read by this author and I really loved it. These books are similar in that they focus on a really grumpy person changing themselves for the better. Another book of this type, A Man Called Ove, I finished today and may have had tears in my eyes at work.