Books by Annie Ernaux

``I REMAIN IN DARKNESS'' by Annie Ernaux
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"The impact of this courageous, sometimes unsubtle little book is sure to not pass away quickly."
A small, powerful, and overwritten memoir of a mother's slow deterioration and death in a nursing home. Read full book review >
SHAME by Annie Ernaux
Released: June 15, 1998

"Only the French can write, read, and buy such a book in great numbers."
Acclaimed French minimalist Ernaux (Exteriors, 1996, etc.), who has previously created docufictional versions of her past, now takes a violent incident from her childhood and turns it into a work of memory and meditation. Read full book review >
EXTERIORS by Annie Ernaux
Released: Oct. 25, 1996

"Our age's angsts distilled to a wrenching clarity by a writer who knows how to look—and what to look for. (Author tour)"
French novelist/memoirist Ernaux (A Frozen Woman, 1995, etc.) turns conversations overheard and people and places observed into a disturbingly effective documentary record of modern life. Read full book review >
A FROZEN WOMAN by Annie Ernaux
Released: May 14, 1995

"But, still, of all Ernaux's writing: the most polemical and arid."
French writer Ernaux (Simple Passion, 1993, etc.) continues her thinly disguised fictional autobiography, this time recalling with numbing intensity her passage to a womanhood trapped by convention and domesticity. Read full book review >
SIMPLE PASSION by Annie Ernaux
Released: Sept. 19, 1993

"Small, but abundantly wise."
In her inimitable spare prose, Ernaux (A Man's Place, 1992, etc.)—like a medieval anatomist bent on finding the soul—dissects a love affair to discover the point of passion. Read full book review >
A MAN'S PLACE by Annie Ernaux
Released: May 1, 1992

"Moving and memorable."
An austere but poignant account from acclaimed French writer Ernaux of those ties that bind as well as separate fathers from daughters, in this companion volume to last year's A Woman's Story. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S STORY by Annie Ernaux
Released: May 12, 1991

"A love story, in other words, bittersweet like all the best."
As much about Everywoman as one particular woman, French author Ernaux's autobiographical novel laconically describes the cruel realities of old age for a woman once vibrant and independent. Read full book review >