Nothing Holds Back the Night

Nothing Holds Back the Night

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition.
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Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine grew up, Lucile's occasional sadness gave way to overwhelming despair and delusion. She became convinced she was telepathic and in control of the Paris metro system; she gave away all her money; she was hospitalized, medicated, and released in a kind of trance. Young Delphine was left to wonder: What changed her, or what shaped her all along?
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781620404850
Branch Call Number: VIGAN
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 21 cm.

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empbee
Aug 16, 2017

A well written honest account about the myths of "happy" large families; their secrets, worries, cares, misunderstandings, the surprising pickups of life after decades of inertia partially caused by mental illness.

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uncommonreader
May 30, 2017

Fiction and memoir, this book is about a daughter trying to understand her mother, who came from a big family, was very glamorous and mentally ill. It is also a social history to the time. de Vigan's is an authentic voice.

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h19835195
Nov 21, 2014

I loved this book. The writing and translation were exquisite. I could easily imagine the scenery and characters involved. At times funny, and also achingly sad, this novel will stay with me.

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bluehydrangea
Oct 28, 2014

Memoir as novel that makes compulsive and disturbing reading.

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mclarjh
Aug 22, 2014

The writing is good, not great; the organization of the book is just okay. But it is the subject matter that attracts readers, I believe.

madalynmadalyn May 14, 2014

This is a darling book, beautifully written, not at all cluttered or confusing or difficult. It's beautifully put together.
The writer speaks directly--straight from her heart--to the reader; and it's an entertaining creative 'new' form--sad, very sad, but fun, somehow-- combining memoir and fiction. She manages to shift to levity.
I love the writer's light touch, and her upbeats.
I highly recommend this book. This is the first book I have reviewed, ever. I am doing so now because this book should be shared.

It does not have to be read from the beginning to the end, sequentially.

By chance it was received a very favourable review in the Sunday, May 11th New York Times at the same time I was reading it.
Memoir in a new form, and it's lovely.

BCD2013 May 06, 2014

Award-winning author De Vigan carefully combines memoir and fiction in an attempt to explore her family’s dark history as well as try to understand the despair that drove her mother to suicide at the age of 61.

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