The End of Eddy

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Random House, Feb 2, 2017 - Fiction - 208 pages

‘A brilliant novel... courageous, necessary and deeply touching’ Guardian

Édouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.

It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author’s own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own freedom?

‘A mesmerising story about difference and adolescence’
New York Times

‘Édouard that relatively rare thing – a novelist with something to say and a willingness to say it, without holding back’
The Times

‘Louis’ book has become the subject of political discussion in a way that novels rarely do’
Garth Greenwell, New Yorker


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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

This is a little book written as fiction but very autobiographical of the author’s life growing up poor, gay in France. It is also a coming of age and tells the awareness of his identifity, the effort ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carmenere - LibraryThing

An honest and eye opening story of a young man who begins to show effeminate tendencies at a very early age. In the rough and tumble working class town in France in which he lived, a factory town ... Read full review

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An encounter
Portrait of my mother in the morning
Portrait of my mother from the stories she told
The lives of girls mothers and grandmothers
Village stories
My other father
Sylvain an eyewitness account
The shed
After the shed
A first attempt at flight

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About the author (2017)

Édouard Louis is the author of two novels and the editor of a book on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Freeman’s. His first two novels, The End of Eddy and History of Violence, were translated into thirty languages, and have made him one of the most celebrated writers of his generation.

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