A Moment of Grace

Join us as French novelist Clémence Boulouque and American author and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnick discuss Un instant de grâce, Boulouque’s latest novel.

Audrey Hepburn’s name  brings to mind scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Gigi, and My Fair Lady. Her talent and elegance have defined some of the greatest movies of the 20th Century, while her generosity and morality continue to inspire people from all background all over the world. In Un instant de grâce, Clémence Boulouque investigates the person behind the glamorous image of an icon and revisits her childhood – marked by the war, hardship, and being abandoned by her father – to reflect on the true nature of grace.


Clémence Boulouque is the author of five novels: Sujets libres, Chasse à courre, Nuit ouverte, L’Amour et des poussières, Je n’emporte rien du monde; a memoir, Mort d’un silence, which was adapted into a movie by William Karel (La Fille du Juge); two essays, Aux Pays des macarons, et Juives d’Afrique du nord: and three books of interviews, Survivre et vivre (with Denise Epstein), Imaginer l’autre (with Amos Oz}, and Une Vie Dans le Talmud (with Daniel Boyarin).

A former literary and film critic in Paris, Clémence Boulouque is the Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel studies at Columbia University.

Adam Gopnik, a New Yorker staff writer since 1986, is the author of eight books including Paris to the MoonThrough the Children’s Gate and, most recently, The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food. He has won three National Magazine Awards for Essay and Criticism, and a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.