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Sans Moi

by Marie Desplechin

I found this an enjoyable read although I did think that the narrator's life began to plummet out of control a bit too suddenly. An interesting lesson in relationships and how you can be continually perplexed by someone, even if you feel as though you've known them forever.

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'How could you, Olivia? I mean, how could you?' She bends over the sink. She doesn't answer. Barely ten minutes ago, she was laughing, talking about condoms and telling jokes. The brother-in-law was having a great time, with his arms folded. I wonder how far I should accept what I don't understand.
Translated by Will Hobson

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