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A Nail, A Rose

Madeleine Bourdouxhe

£12.00

Released 6th June 2019

The seven stories in A Nail, A Rose confirm Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s status as an under-appreciated master of the form. Like her critically lauded novels Marie and La Femme de Gilles, these stories tunnel into the conflicted hearts of their female characters in fluid, beautiful prose.

These are stories of longing and dissatisfaction, of mundane lives ruptured by strange currents of feeling. A woman, wandering alone and heartbroken, is first attacked and then romantically pursued by a stranger, who returns to her house to offer her gifts. A maid wears her mistress’s expensive coat to meet her lover, but finds herself more preoccupied with fantasies of intimacy with her mistress. With piercing insight and candour, Bourdouxhe offers seven unforgettable portraits of the expansive inner lives of ordinary women.

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The seven stories in A Nail, A Rose confirm Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s status as an under-appreciated master of the form. Like her critically lauded novels Marie and La Femme de Gilles, these stories tunnel into the conflicted hearts of their female characters in fluid, beautiful prose.

These are stories of longing and dissatisfaction, of mundane lives ruptured by strange currents of feeling. A woman, wandering alone and heartbroken, is first attacked and then romantically pursued by a stranger, who returns to her house to offer her gifts. A maid wears her mistress’s expensive coat to meet her lover, but finds herself more preoccupied with fantasies of intimacy with her mistress. With piercing insight and candour, Bourdouxhe offers seven unforgettable portraits of the expansive inner lives of ordinary women.

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Weight 0.3 kg