Catherine de Saint-Phalle Catherine de Saint-Phalle i(A89380 works by)
Born: Established: 1956 ;
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 2003
Heritage: French
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Catherine de Saint-Phalle is a French novelist who has lived in Melbourne since 2003. She wrote several works before coming to Australia.

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Poum and Alexandre : A Paris Memoir 2016 single work biography

'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.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted The Stella Prize
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