BOOK LAUNCH: Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
Wed 12 Oct 2016 at 6:30pm
Readings Carlton — 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
Helen Garner will launch Catherine de Saint Phalle’s new memoir, Poum and Alexandre, a moving elegy to family and place.
Free, no booking required.
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir
This is the story of two flawed eccentrics. Everything they do subverts their firm intention of keeping up appearances. They meet just after the war in liberated Paris but they cannot quite free themselves from the many strings attached to them - the old aunts, the sisters, the cousins, the nuns and the ominous concierges who dog their footsteps. Alexandre is a banker and a Resistant and lives in a world of numbers and Roman emperors. Poum resides in the Odyssey and in her bed, hiding from the mysterious disapproval of their relatives, for they both seem to persist in some irreparable faux pas which has them wading through a lifetime pickle. Their daughter, Catherine, would like to help but she seems to be part of the problem.This is no ordinary childhood, and Catherine de Saint Phalle’s acceptance of her parents, despite their flaws, shines through, propelling us head first into their strange, yet beautiful, Parisian world. Poum and Alexandre is a searingly honest, humorous and moving elegy to family and place, and a meditation on the ways they ultimately define us.
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