THE RECENTLY DISCOVERED STORY OF YOUTH AND CLOSE-FRIENDSHIP FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SECOND SEX
TRANSLATED BY LAUREN ELKIN; INTRODUCED BY DEBORAH LEVY
Told by one of the foremost feminists of the twentieth century, this is a gripping coming-of-age novel from Simone de Beauvoir, closely modelled on events of her own life. Two young women, Sylvie and Andree, battle with their families, their religion and the deeply held conventions of society in early twentieth-century Paris. A deep and abiding friendship sustains them in an increasingly desperate struggle to find happiness and independence.