THE RENDEZVOUS by Justine "Lâvy


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A slight first novel that contains the memories and imaginative meanderings of its 18-year-old narrator Louise as she sits in a cafe waiting to be joined by her irrepressible, irresistible mother Alice. A former fashion model, drug addict, and sometime lesbian, Alice lived throughout the 1960s a willfully bohemian life from which her husband, a famous conductor, had retreated and the bedazzled Louise had repeatedly run away. Lâvy varies her content with fragmentary descriptions of Louise's retorts to annoyingly amorous fellow customers and her increasingly exasperated exchanges with a bored waiter. That's all there is, but we do believe in Louise's hard-won grittiness and self-confidence, and in Lydia Davis's smooth translation, her truculent, slangy voice is quite convincingly nonadolescent.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1997
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Scribner