The Larsen Effect
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Nola was 18 the summer her father was killed, her mother fell ill, and her life fell apart. Now, over a decade later, she examines the events of that August to find a way out of her continuing unhappiness, telling her story in a series of flashbacks from the present.
Having trembled in the shadow of her own past for more than a decade, Nola wants to find answers . . . and a way out of the emotional turmoil she has experienced since that terrible summer.
It happened in August 1998; Paris was sweltering and all but empty. France had won the World Cup and, to Nola's annoyance, the people in town could talk of nothing else. She got a summer job in the local bistro, and that saved her from total disintegration after her father's violent death and the move she and her mother had to make to an apartment in what she called the mutant-building. There, in a place that was not home, Nola began to lose her mother to the odd symptoms of hyperacusis, or the Larsen Effect. Everything seemed too loud to her mother: the pipes in the walls, the sound of construction, everything. Was this sudden acoustic hell Nola’s mother’s reaction to the loss of her husband, or the materialization of some new ailment? And why did her father get killed?
Will Nola’s return to the past help her find the reason for her father’s death and the cause of her mother’s illness? She must find out so that she can reclaim her life.
Delphine Bertholon : Delphine Bertholon is a screenwriter. This is her third novel after Cabine commune (Lattès 2007, J’ai Lu, 2010) and Twist (Lattès, 2008; winner of the Prix Ciné Carte Noire).