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Annie Ernaux

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Annie Ernaux was born in 1940 in Normandy. She is the winner of numerous prizes including the Prix Renaudot. Her "A Woman's Story", "A Man's Place", and "Simple Passion" were all "New York Times" Notable Books. "A Woman's Story" was also a "Los Angeles Times" Fiction Prize finalist and "A Man's Place" was a French-American Foundation Award finalist. Her Previous book "Shame", was named a Best Book of 1998 by "Publishers Weekly". Her books are taught in schools throughout France as contemporary classics. Ernaux lives outside Paris. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Years 537 copies, 28 reviews
A Man's Place 447 copies, 21 reviews
Simple Passion 322 copies, 8 reviews
A Woman's Story 251 copies, 7 reviews
A Girl's Story 147 copies, 9 reviews
Shame 146 copies, 5 reviews
A Frozen Woman 146 copies, 3 reviews
Happening 144 copies, 11 reviews
Cleaned Out 117 copies, 3 reviews
Exteriors 93 copies, 4 reviews
The Possession 91 copies, 7 reviews
I Remain in Darkness 77 copies, 3 reviews
L'autre fille 40 copies, 2 reviews
Things Seen (French Voices) 35 copies, 4 reviews
Écrire la vie 34 copies
Se perdre 33 copies, 3 reviews
Ce qu'ils disent ou rien 30 copies, 2 reviews
Le jeune homme 16 copies, 3 reviews
Het voorval novelle 5 copies, 2 reviews
L'evento 3 copies
Getting Lost 3 copies, 1 review
Hendelsen 3 copies
Pigen fra `58 2 copies, 1 review
Perderse 2 copies
Vuodet 1 copy
Godine 1 copy
Dogadaj 1 copy
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Annie Ernaux, née Duchesne, was born to a working-class family in Lillebonne, in Normandy, France, and grew up in Yvetot. She attended a private Catholic school and then went for primary teacher training in Rouen. Later she studied modern literature at the universities of Rouen and Bordeaux, graduating in 1971.

In the early 1970s, she passed the agrégation (state teaching exam) and taught at the College of Évire in Annecy-le-Vieux and other schools before joining the Centre national d'enseignement à distance (National Center for Distance Learning).

In 1974, she began her literary career with Les Armoires vides (Cleaned Out), an autobiographical novel. In 1984, she won the Prix Renaudot for another autobiographical work about her father, La Place (A Man's Place). Other works have explored her life experiences and those of her parents over four decades, such as her adolescence, marriage, passionate affair, abortion, death of her mother, and breast cancer. Her historical memoir Les Années (The Years, 2008) is considered by many to be her magnum opus. Les Années won the 2008 Prix Françoise-Mauriac of the Académie française, the 2008 Prix Marguerite Duras, and the 2016 Premio Strega Europeo Prize, among others.
Her 2016
book Mémoire de fille (A Girl’s Story) recounts her early life.
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