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This Little Family (Paperback)

, | Other Pr Llc | 6/16/2020

ISBN-10 : 1892746875   ISBN-13 : 9781892746870   List Price : $15.99

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This striking debut novel inhabits the mind of a young married woman driven to extremes by disgust and dread in the aftermath of a rape.

Marie and Laurent, a young, affluent couple, have settled into their large Paris apartment and decide to start trying for a baby. This picture-perfect existence is shattered when Marie is assaulted by her new boss. Deeply shaken by the attack, she discovers she is pregnant, and is convinced her rapist is the father. Marie closes herself off in a destructive silence, ultimately leading her to commit an irreparable act.

In a first novel of extraordinary power and depth, Inès Bayard exposes disturbing truths about how society sees women and how women see themselves in turn.


This Little Family by Inès Bayard
Questions for Discussion

   1. What did you think of the opening of the novel? Were you shocked? How did the first chapter shape your expectations for how the story would unfold?
   2. The novel includes a graphic and visceral depiction of sexual assault. How did you feel about the author’s handling of this subject matter? 
   3. What did you think of Laurent’s response, or lack thereof? Is it fair to say that he is in part to blame for not recognizing the shift in his wife, despite her silence about the assault?
   4. Discuss class privilege as it is portrayed in the novel. How does Marie’s social status inform her response to trauma?
   5. How do you interpret Marie’s interactions with Mathilde? Do you think Mathilde was also assaulted, or was this a projection of Marie’s mental state? Was Marie’s behavior towards Mathilde appropriate? What does their relationship say about competition between women in a patriarchal society?
   6. Marie’s actions, born of her trauma, result in the most taboo form of violence--infanticide. How are different kinds of violence hierarchized in the novel? 
   7. How does the novel interrogate or challenge our assumptions about motherhood? 
   8. How does the novel interrogate or challenge our assumptions about fatherhood? What responsibility does Laurent have to his child and his family? Does he uphold them?
   9. Discuss and compare the portrayals of marriage in the novel (Marie and Laurent; their friends Paul and Sophia; Marie’s coworker, Hervé, and Corinne; and her parents, Irene and Gerard).
   10. Do you think Laurent survived? If so, how do you think he will overcome this trauma?

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1892746875
  • ISBN-13: 9781892746870
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 5.24 (h) x 272.01 (d)
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