My Escape

An Autobiography

By Benoite Groult; Nichole Gleisner (Translator)
(Other Press (NY), Paperback, 9781590515433, 384pp.)

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

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This witty autobiography captures the rich and varied life of a renowned French author and pioneering feminist, through the obstacles and movements in twentieth-century France.

Born in 1920 in Paris, Benoite Groult obtained the right to vote only when she was twenty-five years old. She married four times, bore three children, underwent several illegal abortions, became a writer after she turned forty, and a feminist in her fifties. Groult chronicles her experiences and her intellectual developments through successive phases—as an obedient child, an awkward and bookish adolescent, and a submissive wife—until finally becoming a liberated novelist.

Here, she recounts the childhood trips she spent with her family, Paris during the occupation, her marriages, motherhood, and her continuous fight for women’s rights. At ninety-one years old, she concludes that she has been, and still is, a happy woman—lucky to have captured her freedoms, one by one, paying for them, delighting in them, and loving them. Sexy, chatty, and full of shrewd insight, My Escape covers her years of struggle and success—as a daughter, lover, writer, wife, mother, and reluctant socialite—and draws a portrait of the role of French women in the twentieth century.

About the Author
est nee en 1920. Elle est l'auteure d'une oeuvre importante et fondatrice d'un feminisme moderne. On citera, entre autres: Le journal a quatres mains avec sa soeur Flora Groult (Denoel). Puis chez Grasset: Ainsi soit-elle (1975), Les Trois quarts du temps (1983), Les vaisseaux du coeur (1988), La touche Etoile (2006) qui fut un immense succes en libraire, Mon evasion (2008) et Ainsi soit Olympe de Gouges (2013).

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