L’autre fille (which can be translated as “The Other Girl”) is a short story written by Annie Ernaux in the form of a letter, addressed to her sister, whom she never knew because she died at 6, before Annie Ernaux was born, and her parents never talked about her. The book was published in 2011 in a collection of letters written by authors, letter which cannot be sent to their recipient. It hasn’t been translated in English (as far as I know) but I hope it will, because it is truly amazing!
Genre: Non Fiction
My rating: ★★★★★
My opinion in a nutshell:
It was an amazing read. You may have noticed it’s not the first time I review a book from this author (and certainly not the last one). She is a contemporary writer who mostly writes non fiction about her life, and I find her work absolutely amazing. She is a real inspiration to me.
This book was beautiful and moving. She is addressing a sister she never knew, and her parents never talked about her, except one day, she overheard her mother talking about her to a neighbour. This letter dwells on the weigh of the secret, and also on something else: she also overheard her mother say that the other girl was “nice, unlike this one”. Which refers to the author herself.
In this book, she also talks about her relationship with her parents, and how she grew up as an only child. It was really a quick and fascinating read.
I recommend it to:
If you speak French and like non fiction, then you should definitely go for this book! It’s barely 80 pages, and I promise you won’t regret it.