The Albertine Book Club Reads ‘The End of Eddy’ by Edouard Louis
Cécile David-Weill and Caroline Weber will moderate our group discussion on Edouard Louis’s international bestseller The End of Eddy, translated from the French by Michael Lucey (FSG).
Édouard Louis’ sharp, precise, and concise narrative lets the reader into a world that is barely explored in contemporary French fiction: the disenfranchised working class. The End of Eddy is an unflinching account of growing up gay in a region where 80% of the population is unemployed; and where reading a book in public is perceived as an act of aggressive rebellion that results in mockery and rejection.
The Albertine Book Club is free and open to Albertine members and students with a valid student ID card!
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CECILE DAVID-WEILL is a French and American author. She published her first novel, Beguin (Grasset, 1996) under the name of Cécile de la Baume, which was released in English translation as Crush (Grove, 1997). She is the author of Femme de (Grasset, 2002), Les Prétendants (Grasset, 2010, translated into English The Suitors (Other Press, 2012). Cécile David-Weill is also a regular contributor to the online French news magazine Le Point with a column entitled Letters from New York. She has recently published Parents sous influence: Est-on condamné à reproduire l’éducation de ses parents ? (Odile Jacob, 2016).
CAROLINE WEBER received her Ph.D. in French literature from Yale University (1998) and her BA in Literature from Harvard University (summa cum laude, 1991). Before coming to Barnard/Columbia, she taught for seven years at the University of Pennsylvania.
A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, Weber is the author of Terror and its Discontents: Suspect Words and the French Revolution (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), and of Fragments of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2001), an edited volume of essays on revolutionary culture. More recently, she published Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution (Henry Holt, 2006/Picador, 2007). A study of the political impact of Marie-Antoinette’s controversial clothing choices, Queen of Fashion made the LA Times best-seller list and was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by Washington Post, Book World and Borders Books and Music. Her new book, Proust’s Duchess, will be published next May, with Knopf.