Where Tears Go When They Dry Up
Original title: Où vont les larmes quand elles sèchent
In a GP’s waiting room
Doctor Jean is a general practitioner in a town in the southwest of France. In these days of medical deserts, his waiting room is always full, and he treats everyone: middle-class people, drug addicts, old people, toddlers, dog punks – he even treats the dog!
Where are her tears hiding?
General medicine costs so much in handkerchiefs! There’s a lot of crying in Dr. Jean’s practice, as each patient pushes open the door with his or her own pains, intimate wounds, loneliness and mysteries. Josette and her fifth cancer; the beautiful Mrs Gonzales and her prosthetic nose, victim of her violent husband; Mrs Chahid, who always laughs to avoid saying that nothing is going well. Doctor Jean loves his patients. His problem is that he can’t cry at all. He just can’t. Where are his tears hiding?
Caring and consoling
Baptiste Beaulieu drew inspiration from his day-to-day life and the patients he sees in his practice for this novel, rich in a thousand lives, with free, warm language. He reminds us that caring is also, and above all, consoling.