With this superb novel, we will rub shoulders for a few hours with an 11-year-old girl and her mother, who has already known much better days …
We were fish, the eleventh novel by French author Nathalie Kuperman, is undoubtedly one of the best titles of the winter season. The toughest, too. To give you an idea, we have never been able to read more than thirty pages at a time, because Alice, the mother, is too … How to say … Is too much everything . Too bizarre, too cruel, too disturbing, too unsettling, too changeable, too lost, too shady. And it is obviously his daughter Agathe who will suffer the most. To the point of sometimes making the story borderline bearable …
Recently divorced, Alice is indeed still having a hard time accepting her new reality. What can she find best to try to remedy it? Flee Paris as quickly as possible without warning anyone.
On a sinking ship
In the summer of her 11th birthday, when the school year is not even over yet, Agathe will have to follow Alice to Saint-Clair, a small seaside resort on the Côte d’Azur.
So this is where the nightmare will really begin because all of a sudden her mother will be very different from the kind and loving woman she has always known. Alice can for example promise her daughter a wonderful day at the beach and the next minute, throw the worst horrors in her face. With her, things can get out of hand at any time and unfortunately Agathe will only have a few days to adapt.
A novel that strikes and shakes. In short, a novel as we like them.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116