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'French Lessons' by Johanna Skibsrud

'French Lessons' by Johanna Skibsrud

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'French Lessons' from This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories
by Johanna Skibsrud

In the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Johanna Skibsrud’s new book, nine loosely connected and hypnotic stories introduce an unforgettable cast of characters. A young maid at a hotel in France encounters a man who asks to paint her portrait, only later discovering that the man is someone other than who she thinks. A divorced father, fearing estrangement from his thirteen-year-old daughter, allows her to take the wheel of his car, realizing too late that he’s made a grave mistake. A Canadian girl and her French host stumble on the one story that transcends their language barrier. Youth confronted with the mutterings of old age, restlessness bounded by the muddy confines of a backyard garden, callow hope coming up against the exigencies of everyday life—these are life-defining moments that weave throughout the everyday lives of the remarkable characters in this book. Time and again they find themselves confronted with what they didn’t know they didn’t know, at the exact point of intersection between impossibility and desire. In This Will Be Difficult to Explain Skibsrud has created a series of masterful, perceptive tales.

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This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories is available wherever books are sold.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
Independent Publishers Since 1923
'French Lessons' from This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories
by Johanna Skibsrud

In the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Johanna Skibsrud’s new book, nine loosely connected and hypnotic stories introduce an unforgettable cast of characters. A young maid at a hotel in France encounters a man who asks to paint her portrait, only later discovering that the man is someone other than who she thinks. A divorced father, fearing estrangement from his thirteen-year-old daughter, allows her to take the wheel of his car, realizing too late that he’s made a grave mistake. A Canadian girl and her French host stumble on the one story that transcends their language barrier. Youth confronted with the mutterings of old age, restlessness bounded by the muddy confines of a backyard garden, callow hope coming up against the exigencies of everyday life—these are life-defining moments that weave throughout the everyday lives of the remarkable characters in this book. Time and again they find themselves confronted with what they didn’t know they didn’t know, at the exact point of intersection between impossibility and desire. In This Will Be Difficult to Explain Skibsrud has created a series of masterful, perceptive tales.

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This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories is available wherever books are sold.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
Independent Publishers Since 1923

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French Lessons
Thereupon, the signifier (the third meaning)is not filled; it keeps in a permanent stateof depletion (a term from linguistics thatdesignates the empty, all-purpose verbs—  for example, the verb faire). We might alsosay, on the other hand—and this would bequite as true—that this same signifier is notempty (cannot empty itself); it maintains astate of perpetual erethism, desire not find-ing issue in that spasm of the signified thatnormally causes the subject to sink voluptu-ously back into the peace of nominations.
—Roland Barthes

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