Soft in the Head (Paperback)

By Marie-Sabine Roger, Frank Wynne (Translator)

Pushkin Press, 9781782271581, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

July 2016 Indie Next List

“Two disparate individuals pass the time counting pigeons in the town park and finally make each other's acquaintance: Marguerite, a retired and lonely 80-something plant scientist, and Germain, an unemployed, undereducated, dim-witted 45-year-old, who lives in a trailer behind his mother's house. Soon, Marguerite is reading to Germain who eventually overcomes his childhood aversion and begins to read himself. This is a lovely story of the redeeming qualities of civil conversation, the possibility of friendship bridging many years and inquiring minds, and the worlds opened up through reading.”
— Darwin Ellis (W), Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT
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Description

His mother calls him a worthless halfwit while his fellow drunks at the local bar ensure he's the butt of all their jokes. He spends his days whittling wood, counting pigeons and adding his own name to the list on the town war memorial. So how could Germain possibly anticipate what a casual encounter on a park bench with eighty-five-year old Margueritte might mean?

In this touchingly comic tale of an unusual friendship, that first conversation opens a door into a world Germain has never imagined--the world of books and ideas--and gives both him and Margueritte the chance of a happiness they thought had passed them by.


About the Author

Born in Bordeaux in 1957, Marie-Sabine Roger has been writing books for both adults and children since 1989. Soft in the Head was made into a 2010 film, My Afternoons with Margueritte, directed by Jean Becker, starring Gerard Depardieu. Get Well Soon won the Prix des lecteurs de l'Express in 2012 and will be published by Pushkin Press in 2017. Frank Wynne is an award-winning translator from French and Spanish. He has won the IMPAC Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Scott Moncrieff Prize. He has translated a number of Spanish and Latin American authors, including Tomas Eloy Martinez, Isabel Allende, Arturo Perez-Reverte and Tomas Gonzalez, whose In the Beginning Was the Sea is published by Pushkin Press.
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