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THE DANCE OF THE TARANTULA (working title)

Claire Blanchard

  • Original Title: LA DANSE DE LA TARENTULE
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: Auto-édition
  • Country: FR
  • 433 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: France, India
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Dysfunctional family, Childhood, Maternity, Paternity, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Harassment, Resilience

Pitch

Emilie, in her forties and a mother of two, goes back to the house where she grew up in Brittany after the death of her mother, whom she has not seen for the last 20 years. This brings her to remember her childhood, filled with traumatising events and family violence, especially from her unloving, unstable mother.

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Claire Blanchard is a French writer. After a few years working as a literature teacher, she published her first story collection in 2012, PARIS/LA BAULE. Since then she has written novels and tales for children.

Summary

The novel opens as Emilie, now in her forties and a mother of two, goes back to the house where she grew up in Brittany after the death of her mother, whom she has not seen for the last 20 years. This brings her to remember her childhood, filled with traumatising events and family violence, especially from her unloving, unstable mother.

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