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My Mother Says praised in France

November 9 2023

Author Véronique Ovaldé on STINE PILGAARD’s My Mother Says, a sparkling Danish best-seller:

“Stine Pilgaard knows how to create a perfect score between humor and seriousness. Each of her encounters with her loved ones, each of the steps she will climb to pull herself out of her sorrow is punctuated by a monologue of the seahorse, in which she visits her own body in a poetic and moving way. For these pages alone, look forward to discovering Stine Pilgaard. She has written a whimsical book that talks about love, family, and that dark feeling of inadequacy to the world that sometimes grips us.” From Page des Libraires

ELLEmagazine says:

“Stine Pilgaard is particularly skilled in the art of dialogue. The narrator reports the conversations she has with those around her. The lines snap, fly, bounce back. The exchanges, especially between the heroine and her mother, are hilarious. The two women who love each other with a tough love send each other barbs and other kindnesses in turn. This ironic humor shines through wonderfully in the translation. Finally, the writer puts a lot of heart into creating memorable characters, from the hippie pastor father, a fan of Pink Floyd, the smothering and compulsive liar mother, to the best friend spin doctor. Stine Pilgaard once again delivers an offbeat comedy of wild originality. Funny books are not common, so don’t deny yourself the pleasure!”

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