Book List in Order: 11 titles


  • This extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother―and of both women’s strength and resiliency―recounts Annie’s attempt to first help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease and, then, when that proves futile,...



  • 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 lif...



  • Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist's defining work, The Years is a narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and present, cultural...



  • In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.This is the story, written f...



  • Self-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, thro...



  • In Exteriors, Annie Ernaux concentrates not on the essential details of a relationship with a family member or lover as before but on ephemeral encounters within the larger circle of one's environment and the hundreds of strangers who inhabit it. Her...



  • Cleaned Out tells the story of Denise Lesur, a 20-year-old woman suffering the after-effects of a back-alley abortion. Alone in her college dorm room, Denise attempts to understand how her suffocating middle-class upbringing has brought her to such a...



  • Examining the conflict between wanting to be desirable and fulfilling personal ambitions, one woman's story of motherhood and matrimony shows how happiness, enthusiasm, and curiosity gradually disappear under the weight of daily routine until she bec...



  • "A work of lyrical precision and diamond-hard clarity....A remembrance of desire past."THE NEW YORKERMemoirist Annie Ernaux has written eloquently about loss. Now she writes of another kind of loss, the loss of herself in a love and then the loss of ...









  • "A stunning, emotional testament...that may move some readers to think of their own mothrs, even in a way they hadn't before."Annie Ernaux's mother has just died. She is the only child, so it is up to her to make the final arrangements. And it is up ...