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A Brief Stay with the Living

Marie Darrieussecq

A Brief Stay with the Living by Marie Darrieussecq gradually reveals the terrible event which connects four women, a mother and three daughters, now scattered between the South of France and Buenos Aires.

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Marie Darrieussecq tells the story of a single day in the life of a mother and her three grown-up daughters. Now scattered between the South of France and Buenos Aires, all four women are still connected by an incident from their past – a terrible event that the story gradually reveals . . .


Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Her debut novel, Pig Tales (1996), was published in 34 countries and became the most popular first novel in France since the 1950s. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband (1998), became an immediate bestseller. Her third novel, Breathing Underwater, prompted…

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