Inspired by the landscapes of Ireland, their wild nature and harshness, Hélène Le Chatelier tells the story of the last days of an 80 year old woman placed in a retirement home where she remembers, between bitterness and solitude, moments of her life, from Ireland where she lived her childhood to France where she spent the rest of her life. The novel is essential, short and right, both solemn and light that reflects our own questions on our parents’ end of life or ours. It is deeply moving, all the more so as Hélène Le Chatelier was 34 when she got inside the character who is 80. An incredible achievement.
“J’ai simplement voulu me pencher sur un thème qui m’intrigue : la vieillesse et les pertes d’autonomie et de dignité qui vont avec. Mon roman est une proposition, pas un réponse. » Hélène Le Chatelier