Shame Cover


By Annie Ernaux; Tanya Leslie (Translator)

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583220184, 112pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 1998


"My father tried to kill my mother one Sunday in June, in the early afternoon," begins Shame, the probing story of the twelve-year-old girl who will become the author herself, and the single traumatic memory that will echo and resonate throughout her life. With the emotionally rich voice of great fiction and the diamond-sharp analytical eye of a scientist, Annie Ernaux provides a powerful reflection on experience and the power of violent memory to endure through time, to determine the course of a life.

About the Author
Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and began teaching high school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d'Enseignement par Correspondance. Her books, in particular "A Man's Place" and "A Woman's Story," have become contemporary classics in France. She won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for "A Man's Place" when it was first published in French in 1984. The English edition was a "New York Times" Notable Book and a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. The English edition of "A Woman's Story "was a "New York Times "Notable Book.