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Title Free day / Inès Cagnati ; translated from the French and with an introduction by Liesl Schillinger.
Author Cagnati, Inès, 1937-2007, author.
Publication New York : New York Review Books, [2019]
Copyright date ©2019
Description xiii, 143 pages ; 21 cm.
Call # FIC CAGNATI
Series NYRB classics
New York Review Books classics.
Note "Originally published in the French language as Le Jour de congé."--Title page verso.
Includes an interview with the author.
Summary "In the marshy, misty countryside of southwestern France, fourteen-year-old Galla rides her battered bicycle from the private Catholic high school she attends on scholarship to the rocky, barren farm where her family lives. It's a journey she makes every two weeks, forty miles round trip, traveling between opposite poles of ambition and guilt, school and home. Galla's loving, overwhelmed, incompetent mother doesn't want her to go to school; she wants her to stay at home, where Galla can look after her neglected little sisters, defuse her father's brutal rages, and help with the chores. What does this dutiful daughter owe her family, and what does she owe herself? In Inès Cagnati's haunting, emotionally and visually powerful novel Free Day, which won France's Prix Roger Nimier in 1973, Galla makes an extra journey on a frigid winter Saturday to surprise her mother. As she anticipates their reunion, stopping often to pry caked, gelid mud off her bicycle wheels, she mentally retraces the crooked path of her family's past and the more recent map of her school life as a poor but proud student. Galla's rich, dense interior monologue blends with the landscape around her, building a powerful portrait of a girl who yearns to liberate herself from the circumstances that confine her, without losing their ties to her heart."--Provided by publisher.
Subject High school girls -- France -- Fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction.
Abusive men -- Fiction.
Country life -- France -- Fiction.
Women -- France -- Social conditions -- Fiction.
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
High school girls. (OCoLC)fst01749019
France. (OCoLC)fst01204289
Genre Bildungsromans. (OCoLC)fst01726536
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Bildungsromans.
Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Addl. Author Schillinger, Liesl, translator, writer of introduction.
Addl. Title Jour de congé. English
ISBN 1681373580 (paperback) :
9781681373584 (paperback) :

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