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WE WOULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE (working title)

Laurence Tardieu

  • Publication date: January 2018
  • Publisher: STOCK
  • Country: FR
  • 272 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: France
  • Themes: FAMILY, Maternity, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Life change, Resilience, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship


A mother thinks to see her daughter, who disappeared 7 years earlier, in the street. In the same hours, her best friend discovers her husband has a lover.


Laurence Tardieu is an awarded French writer.


2017 in Paris, Hannah has the impression to see her daughter Lorette on the sidewalk, on the other side of the street. She is petrified by joy, pain and fear to be wrong. Lorette vanished 7 years earlier, without any explanation, and she hasn’t seen her ever since. A bus stops between them and when it drives further, the girl is gone. Hannah is shocked.

In the same hours, her brother Simon thinks intensely about her. He has never really been at ease with Hannah’s extreme sensitivity and contemplative personality. He recalls several episodes from their childhood and his later life.

Meanwhile, Hannah’s best friend Lydie is at home. She is a strong, extroverted woman but for the first time in her life she feels tired and bored and decides not to go to work. In the following hours she discovers that her beloved husband Paul has a relationship with a much younger woman, Marie.

One day, several lives all connected to each other, and everything changed for ever.

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