By Writing Pontoise
Published on 23 Sep 22 at 15:46
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Resident of Nesles-la-Vallée (Val-d’Oise), Marie-Laure Madrelle published Simone de Beauvais: Memoirs of a Deranged Old Maidee this summer.
Hilarious and endearing
In her first novel, carried by a heroine as hilarious as she is endearing, the author uses her lively and elegant pen to tackle serious themes: rape, domestic violence, depression… and demonstrates with great humor that it’s never too late to find love.
“I wanted to portray a woman close to sixty, atypical, colorful. She goes through hardships during her life and in the end she meets love against the backdrop of the Covid. There is humor, sadness but above all hope. The message is that at any age, we can discover many things, including love. »
A message that accompanies the reader throughout the book. “Despite the procession of misfortune that life can entail, we can get up. We talk about it more today, but it’s not new. I came across these dramas and it was important for me to turn them into a novel with humor and hope. »
Feminine and feminist inspiration
The symbolism of the novel is in the heroine’s glass of lemonade, with the sparkling bubbles: it is the cover of the book.
“I think that in a first attempt at writing, we put a lot of ourselves. It is first of all a test, we see if the book can please. Simone is not me but there is me in Simone, confides Marie-Laure Madrelle. I really like Simone de Beauvoir and feminist texts. This is a reference to an author I admire. »
A retired school teacher, the Nesloise novelist particularly liked taking care of “Cp-Ce1, with learning to read”.
Notebook in pocket
His passion came through his French teacher in college. “She stood in the middle of her students, took a book each time and showed us her pleasure in reading. I just found her last week. She bought the novel and I can’t wait to have her back. »
Inspired by many authors such as Amélie Nothomb, Philippe Delerm or even Stephen King, she says: “I always have notebooks in my pockets. I write down my ideas and feelings. I don’t have the white page syndrome at all. It’s a real passion. »
Following Simone of Beauvais is in progress. “I already have the whole plot up to the fall. Simone leaves for new adventures. »
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