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Faces on the Tip of My Tongue

Faces on the Tip of My Tongue

Emmanuelle Pagano
Translated by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins from French

Publisher by Peirene Press
Meetings, partings, loves and losses in rural France are dissected with compassion.
The late wedding guest isn’t your cousin but a drunken chancer. The driver who gives you a lift isn’t going anywhere but off the road. Snow settles on your car in summer and the sequins found between the pages of a borrowed novel will make your fortune. Pagano’s stories weave together the mad, the mysterious and the dispossessed of a rural French community with honesty and humour. A superb, cumulative collection from a unique French voice.

About the Author

Emmanuelle Pagano

Emmanuelle Pagano was born in Rodez, southern France, in 1969. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and she has won multiple awards for her writing, including the EU Prize for Literature and the French Ecology Novel Prize. This is her second book to appear in English.


Sophie Lewis was born in London, UK, in October 1980. She is a writer, editor and translator from French and Portuguese. Her translations have been shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize. She lives in London.​
Jennifer Higgins was born in Chester, UK, in December 1978. She has translated numerous books from French and Italian. She runs translation workshops in schools, and has also written a book about English translations of French poetry. She lives in Abingdon.​