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A Time to Diet and Earn One’s Wings (Il est temps de suivre un régime et d’apprendre à voler)



Original Language: French | 288 pp. | May 2017

2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American rights.

Long-listed for the Prix Maison de la presse 2017


(Le Rouergue)

Adam is a kind of ‘public’ writer – on behalf of the inhabitants of his small town, he writes anonymous letters, love letters, and letters for those who are close to hand or else have long since departed but have never been forgotten. His own wife and daughter have long since departed the family home, which Adam shares with a tenant – the old, fat and dirty Dragos. He has little time to think about himself, which is a positive thing, because thinking about himself involves thinking about the people he misses. But as words take their natural course, there comes a mo- ment when he feels he has the strength to take that step. Sometimes it can take twenty years to write a letter, but it is high time to go on a diet and to learn how to fly – Adam’s big moment has come, and he is not alone in this.