WHO: Marie NDiaye
THREE STRONG WOMEN,
Published by Knopf August 7, 2012
Set in France and Africa
“A subtly beautiful novel.
“Three loosely interwoven sections tell stories of women whose struggle for self-preservation has irrevocably wounded them.
“When French lawyer Norah, summoned to Senegal by her estranged father, arrives, she finds her beloved brother in jail for murder and her father grown old. In Part II, Rudy brings Fanta, his Senegalese wife, back to France. Fanta has worked hard to pull herself out of poverty, only to now find herself plunged back in when the wealth Rudy promised never materializes. In Part III, Khady is kicked out by her late husband’s family to go live with Fanta in France. But she falls in with a questionable man who persuades her to make the dangerous journey with him…
“Each woman calls upon great strength to survive amid failure and humiliation, a feat that goes unnoticed by those around them. NDiaye’s quiet intelligence is made apparent by the complexity of her characters and her intuitive prose.”
“Unrelenting in its anger, pain and sorrow, but hard to put down.”
—KIRKUS, a starred review
Translated from the French
by John Fletcher.
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