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  • Leduc's short book is magnificently disproportionate to its length. A moving, beautiful and authentic classic. We must be grateful to the Penguin European Writers series, a precious venture in these dark times, for bringing it back to us.

    John Banville
  • A forceful affirmation of the human spirit

  • Violette Leduc's novels are works of genius and also a bit peculiar

    Deborah Levy, from the introduction
  • She can capture the smells of a country childhood, dazzle with the lights of the Place de la Concorde or make you feel the silky slither of her eel-grey suit

  • This book is as richly humane as anything else you're likely to read

  • What is important about Violette Leduc is the extraordinary perfection she brings to experience and the exquisite skill she uses to describe it

    Daily Mail
  • The great French feminist writer we need to remember

  • A vastly under-read author

    Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse

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