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All the Way

All the Way

Marie Darrieussecq

Translated by Penny Hueston

A powerful, hilarious and achingly honest story about a young French girl discovering her sexuality.

Solange wants to have sex. Will it be with one of the boys at school? The exchange student? The fireman she meets at the disco when she sneaks out one night? Or with Arnaud, the coolest boy she knows? 

She’d like to see more of her father, even though he’s so embarrassing. As for her mother, she’s too depressed. Something to do with the photo of the dead boy on the mantelpiece.

Monsieur Bihotz, her neighbour who lives alone now his mother has died, is supposed to be her babysitter but Solange has other ideas. There’s really not much scope in her boring village, Clèves. 

But who cares, Solange will get to do it, go all the way, whatever it takes. 

Marie Darrieussecq’s All the Way is a brilliant and hilarious picture of an adolescent girl.

Marie Darrieussecq
About the Author

Marie Darrieussecq was born in Bayonne in 1969 and and is recognized as one of the leading voices of contemporary French literature. Her first novel, Pig Tales, was translated into thirty-five languages. In 2013 she was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix. Text publishes her three most recent novels, Tom Is Dead, All the Way and Men,...

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About the Translator

Penny Hueston’s translations from French include novels by Emmanuelle Pagano (One Day I’ll Tell You Everything), Patrick Modiano (Little Jewel), Sarah Cohen-Scali (Max) and Raphaël Jerusalmy (Evacuation). She has translated six books by Marie Darrieussecq—All the Way,Men,Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker,Our Life in the Forest,The...

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27 February 2013
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  • All the Way
    ISBN: 9781921921537
    27 February 2013
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