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A Frozen Woman by Annie Ernaux
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Jul 16, 2011

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This is an autobiographical story of a woman who ends up married with two kids and feeling very lost and resentful. She begins as a young girl whose unconventional parents encourage, even push, her academically. They don't have her do any chores so she can study. As a tween and adolescent she becomes preoccupied with matters of appearance and attracting boys, but always with a commitment to a career of her own, and "freedom." In the end she almost makes it -- dating and marrying a boy who treats her as a peer, until they stop eating in restaurants. Then all planning, shopping, prep, and clean-up is her job, even though she objects and appeals to the boy for help. To him it's simple -- she's a girl, she has to do all the work.

The writing is sort of stream-of-consciousness, and it feels a bit more like reading a straightforward diary than a constructed novel. It made me feel grateful for my relationship, in which I can be myself.

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