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Nothing Holds Back the Night
Nothing Holds Back the Night: A Novel | Delphine de Vigan
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Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine grew up, Lucile's occasional sadness gave way to overwhelming despair and delusion. She became convinced she was telepathic, in control of the Paris metro system; she gave away all her money; she was hospitalized, medicated, and released in a kind of trance. Young Delphine was left to wonder: What changed her, or what shaped her all along? In this brilliant investigation into her own family history, Delphine de Vigan attempts to "write her mother," seeking out something essential as she interviews aging relatives, listens to recordings, and reads Lucile's own writings. It is a history of luminous beauty and rambunctious joy, of dark secrets and silences. There are untimely deaths and failures of memory. There are revelations and there is the ultimately unknowable. And in the face of the unknowable, personal history becomes fiction: De Vigan must choose from differing accounts and fill in important gaps, using her writer's imagination to reconstruct a life. De Vigan writes her most expansive novel yet with acute self-awareness and marvelous sympathy. Nothing Holds Back the Night is a remarkable work, universally recognizable and singularly heartbreaking.
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A daughter tries to make sense of the death of her mother who, aged 61, committed suicide. The result is a beautiful yet painful portrait of a French bohemian family in the 20th century. They seem so light-hearted and carefree but below the surface much has happened and it‘s a tough journey for the daughter, discovering her mother‘s past, and reliving her own youth with a mentally ill mother.

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Centique That sounds so interesting - and your garden looks lovely and green! 😍 5mo
Cinfhen Nice choice🙌🏻❣️sounds like a poignant read (edited) 5mo
Henrik_Madsen That is a great book. I have two more of her novels on the shelves, so it might be time to look them up🤔 5mo
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Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️I see I have it stacked already! (edited) 5mo
hilded What a lovely garden 🌱🍃 5mo
BarbaraBB @Centique @hilded Thank you! It‘s not very big but in the city it feels like an oasis 😉🍀 5mo
Freespirit It sounds great! 5mo
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MariaSvane
Alt m vige for natten | Delphine de Vigan
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Delphine de Vigan i Den sorte Diamant. Det var stort at høre hende, men jeg kunne godt have ønsket mig en anden interviewer. Nej, George er ikke en hovedperson i Alt må vige for natten!

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MariaSvane
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Bedste sommerferiebog i år.

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MariaSvane
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Læser videre på Anholt.

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MariaSvane
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