In this breathtaking, haunting text, we sense an anger that catapults tales of fairies and pumpkins into the stratosphere, and we are devastated by the potency of the author’s narrative. — Page des libraires
A bomb! — Page des libraires
Hazel is a burning intimacy that would delight Virginie Despentes. — Terre Femina
A portrait of a woman that reads like a concert, where fury and energy are concomitants of a peculiar melancholy. — Terre Femina
An exploration of notions of control and what it means to belong within a couple. — Livres Hebdo
A slap in the face—this is what Sarah Koskievic’s sophomore novel is. — La Voix du Nord
A story told in sharp, unvarnished writing that nonetheless never forgets to be elegant. — La Voix du Nord
You’ll be drawn in by this tragic heroine, who interrogates the contradictions of an era, while exploding all the conventions of “good feminist behavior.” — La Voix du Nord
From the first pages, we are captivated by the author’s incisive and dark writing, reminiscent of the Despentes style. — ELLE
In the style of an anti-rom-com, this fragmented portrait of a damaged heroine hits the mark. — Voici
A story that takes Hazel to the edge of unsuspected lands, or when fate plays at Russian roulette. — Femina Suisse
There is in this pen immersed in acid something of Virginie Despentes and in Hazel a je ne sais quoi by Vernon Subutex. — Cult News
A flamboyant heroine. — Vogue France
A fierce book. — Europe 1
A modern, sharp nib. — Benzine
A gripping novel riding on a powerfully modern tragic heroine. A toxic love affair that explores the concept of control and possession within a couple.
In this, her second novel, Sarah Koskievic – editorial producer of “Transfert” (Slate), the 3rd most downloaded podcast in France – delivers a caustic and uncompromising text with a hint of punk modernity that’s reminiscent of Virginie Despentes. A text that grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go.
A 30-something woman who’s prey to dark thoughts lugs her self-destructive tendencies with her everywhere and squanders her integrity in her love affairs. Hazel – that’s her name – does self-harm and gives herself to men for one-night stands that are like brief, deliberate self-abandonments dispossessing her of her being a little more each time.
Until the day she meets Ian.
The attraction is immediate, irresistible. Moving to the beat of after-hours Paris and nightclub smoking rooms, Hazel and Ian lose themselves in a doomed love affair. Until… the unexpected ending.
In a corrosive, incisive style, Sarah Koskievic presents a tragic heroine who demolishes “good feminist conduct” recommendations – yet still considers herself a feminist. Hazel is as fascinating as she is moving. An intense character, both strong and fragile, who explores our eras’ contradictions with fierce determination.
A short novel; caustic, modern hard-hitting: with a subversive feminism that goes against the grain, à la Virginie Despentes. An X-ray of a toxic love affair all the way to the – unexpected – end.
- Sarah Koskievic: journalist & editorial producer of “Transfert” (Slate), one of the Top 3 most downloaded podcasts in France.
- With its million annual downloads, “the famous Transfert” (to quote Le Monde) brought a whole new generation of young listeners/readers to the renewed narrative non-fiction (a.k.a. literary non-fiction) genre.