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In La Petite, the renowned French writer and film producer Michèle Halberstadt vividly recounts the painful events that surrounded the death of her beloved grandfather, which led to a suicide attempt when she was twelve years old. Michèle’s mother favored her older sister, her father was emotionally remote, her teachers dismissive, and her peers a foreign species. Her granIn La Petite, the renowned French writer and film producer Michèle Halberstadt vividly recounts the painful events that surrounded the death of her beloved grandfather, which led to a suicide attempt when she was twelve years old. Michèle’s mother favored her older sister, her father was emotionally remote, her teachers dismissive, and her peers a foreign species. Her grandfather alone had given her an image of herself that she could embrace. After he died, there seemed to be nothing left for her. One day she decided that she’d had enough of life. The pills in the bathroom were within reach and the temptation of falling asleep forever was irresistible.La Petite is neither grim nor sentimental. Halberstadt, the recipient of both the Legion d’Honneur and the Ordre du Mérite, France’s two most prestigious awards, has perfectly captured the emotions of the little girl she once was. Everywoman will recognize something of herself in this moving story about adolescent grief, solitude, and awakening....

Title : La Petite
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ISBN : 9781590515310
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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La Petite Reviews

  • ELIZABETH-ANNE
    2019-04-29 03:15

    I absolutely loved this book. i know people feel it is too short or not detailed enough or more should have been said.To me it was fine just as it was. This could be because in so many ways I was that same girl, but unfortunately for me, I had no grand revelations at age 12, quite the opposite, at age 12 was when my mother said something so awful, so life changing that it determined the course of my life, as I absorbed it and it became me.The revelations she had at 12, I am only baby stepping my way thru at age 55.So many of the comments said to her made me sigh, wince or eye roll, they were so familiar to me and her feelings towards those comments too were feelings I had.This book is perfect for any survivor of an adult who used put downs and instilled feelings of worthlessness and not making mistakes, but being a mistake.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-21 20:34

    For such a sad memory, this book read as hopeful. It is irresistible in the same way that finding great treasure in a junk yard or the first glow of the sunrise that chases away the night can be, and reading it felt the same way to me.

  • Erin
    2019-04-23 23:34

    This is a very short (I would even go so far as to say “fleeting”) memoir of the struggles Halberstadt faced when, at age 12, she lost her beloved grandfather. It’s painful and it’s real, and I recognized a lot of what she was describing. I wanted to reach out and help that little girl so badly, and make those around her see what no one was seeing. The book was filled with beautiful sentences that made me pause, contemplate, and read again. Halberstadt as a little girl reminded me of the heroine in “The Language of Flowers” which I happened to be reading at the same time. Both are experiencing enormous pain, and both are pushing away everyone who wants to love and help them until they find themselves in truly tragic circumstances.My complaint though, is that this book ended too abruptly for me. Right when it seemed to be picking up momentum, it was over. How did it end for Halberstadt? How did she get from that sad, lonely little girl to where she is now? I feel like I read the first part of a three part book, and while I’m left not quite sated, it’s not in a great-book-and-they-knew-where-to-end-it-so-it-would-leave-me-wanting-more way, but in a vaguely unsatisfying way like I didn’t get my complete order at a restaurant.I enjoyed it enough that I will be reading her again in the future.*I received this ebook as an ARC via NetGalley.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-26 20:17

    Tiny memoir of a twelve-year-old who is the soul sister of The Elegance of the Hedgehog's Paloma. Spare prose, high emotion. As usual, an Other Press book is worth the read!

  • Donna Morrison
    2019-05-03 02:13

    A touching story beautifully written. I empathize with the trials and trauma experienced by Michele and celebrate the beginning of her journey to health. Worth the read.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-08 19:36

    Powerful and haunting book about a girl who travels to the brink of death and back again. A gritty and quick read.

  • Mary
    2019-05-05 22:25

    This was a very gritty memoir of a French girl whose life was not all roses, but I loved the author's descriptions and I loved the message at the end. A quick read.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-30 22:38

    SLIM memoir of 12-year old struggling to find herself after death of beloved grandfather. Interesting but ... Another 2 1/2. Though I did enjoy it, hesitate to say good--may revise in future.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-12 22:34

    The emotions that this memoir evokes, the prose and word choice all make it a touching piece. A quick, yet powerful, read.

  • Marco
    2019-05-07 20:26

    Brevissimo ed emozionante. Forse avendo figli mi ha toccato in modo particolare... Lo consiglio a tutti i genitori (e forse a tutti i figli preadolescenti)!

  • Jess
    2019-05-03 19:19

    an interesting look at the author's life after the death of her grandfather.