In Those Arms
Catching a glimpse of a man in the street one day, the narrator falls head over heels in love. To find out who he is, she examines the signs on the building he was leaving: Doctor? Psychoanalyst? Lawyer? Patient? Client? After a visit with her son to the building’s pediatrician, she finally discovers the identity of her obsession: Abel Weil, the psychoanalyst. She becomes his client and, despite or perhaps because of her passion, she evokes her relationship with the many male figures in her life during their meetings. In this critically acclaimed novel, Camille Laurens talks about men. Through a series of portraits—her father, her ex-husband, her shrink, her uncle, her friend, the son she lost, the brother she never had—the narrator reveals her own story, which has been marked by men in so many ways. Nominated for the Prix Goncourt, the Prix Femina, the Prix Médicis and the Prix Renaudot, Dans ces bras-là was a phenomenal bestseller in France.
Camille Laurens : Camille Laurens is the author of five other books published in France by P.O.L, including Philippe (1995), L’Avenir (1998) and, most recently, Quelques-uns (1999).