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Julia Kerninon

My Devotion

Cover: My Devotion - Julia Kerninon

Julia Kerninon

My Devotion

2020, pp. 272, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787702554
Translated by: Alison Anderson
Region: France
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£ 13.99

The book

Winner of the 2018 Fénéon Literary Prize

A subtle, captivating, and insightful exploration of the mysterious connections between love, submission, and creation. Helen and Franck, both born into high-ranking diplomatic families, meet in Rome as high-school students and immediately detect in each other the wounded child hidden beneath their gilded social status. Their relationship becomes a dangerous, explosive mix of love and friendship. Immediately after Helen’s graduation, they leave their past and family behind to move in together in her apartment in Amsterdam. While Helen immerses herself in her studies and embarks on a promising academic career, Frank, after a few difficult years, makes a spectacular debut on the Dutch art scene with his first paintings. Helen remains faithfully by his side during his rise to fame, overseeing the domestic details of his life in apparent total self-abnegation. Are introverted Helen and flamboyant Franck who they really appear to be? Are they victims or monsters? Kerninon’s English language debut, full of masterfully orchestrated twists and turns, leaves simple distinctions behind and progresses on to far more intriguing terrain.


Praise

“A musical and remarkably lively portrait.”—Le Monde des livres

“[Kerninon’s] talent illuminates every page.”—Le Parisien

My Devotion will not last long on your nightstand. It’s not just a novel. It’s a gift.”—Le Devoir

“A superb novel about self-sacrifice.”—ELLE

“How can such a young woman be so experienced in love, and have such mastery of language, storytelling, and characters?”—Le Magazine littéraire

“A subtle, captivating, and insightful exploration of the mysterious interlacings between love, submission, and creation.”—Miriam Bridenne, Albertine Bookstore

The author

Julia Kerninon
Born in Nantes in 1987, Julia Kerninon has a doctorate in American Literature. Her first novel, Buvard, has won many awards, including the Prix Françoise Sagan. She was granted a Lagardère young writer’s scholarship in 2014. Her second novel, Le dernier amour d’Attila Kiss, won the Prix de la Closerie des Lilas in 2016.

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