The Little Conformist
Original title: La petite conformiste
- 2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic and English (US & Canada) rights
- Rights sold: Catalan (Campana), Italy (Sellerio, at auction)
- English sample available
- Selected for the Prix Révélation 2019 de la SGDL
FICTION | DEBUT NOVEL
Esther is a right-wing child, born by accident in a left-wing family in the mid-seventies. In her family, everybody walks around naked. And everybody – except for her – is eccentric.
Her mother is an anti-capitalist secretary who swears only by May 1968. Her father, a Jewish Frenchman born in Algeria, wards off his fear of a new Holocaust by writing and reciting to do-lists. In Esther’s family, there is also a hyperactive brother and grandparents who cure their nostalgia for Algeria by playing roulette for chickpeas they will use in the couscous. But there is also an undertone of violence, established by the father, whose worrying compulsions poison the household.
The young girl’s life will change drastically when her parents, full of contradictions, decide to send her to enemy territory by enrolling her in a catholic school located in Marseille’s most bourgeois neighborhood.