Three Strong Women

Three Strong Women

Book - 2012
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Follows the stories of three women who discover the power of saying no, including a lawyer who must save a victim of her tyrannical father, a Dakar teacher whose happiness is thwarted by a depressed boyfriend, and a penniless widow desperate to escape homelessness.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307594693
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fletcher, John


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Dec 21, 2013

This novel contains three loosely connected stories. One tells of a French born lawyer who returns to Senegal to her father's home, a rich tyrant who has failed the son he abducted years ago. One is the story of a white man who married a teacher in Senegal and forced her to return to provincial France with him. He is depressed and trying to find a way to understand the heritage of his past. The third story tells of an uneducated widow who is trying to emigrate to France. The book sheds light on the space between Africa and France and is unrelentingly bleak. Prix Goncourt 2009.

Feb 10, 2013

I wanted to read this novel because it's nominated for the Booker Prize, and the library owned it. Each character has a bleak existence, sadly because of the men in their lives. Certain details were left out, but maybe this was intentional. At any rate, NDiaye creates characters that we all know in some shape or form.


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