It's For Your Own Good
Mercure de France
Number of pages
It's For Your Own Good is a touching and intimate portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship. Alma Brami writes with both emotional acuity and bracing humor of a mother who never had the chance to grow up and the daughter she doesn't want to leave her behind.
Lili is a good Catholic schoolgirl who obediently pins her hair tightly back and wears well-starched collars, but feels increasingly stifled by her parents' strict control. In a moment of unbridled passion, blissfully unaware of the possible consequences, Lili succumbs to the caresses of a handsome stranger. When the school nurse tells her later that she is more than five months pregnant, her deeply ashamed parents lock her in her room for the duration of her pregnancy.
After her daughter, Charlotte, is born, they are exiled to a foreign city. Determined never to make her parents' mistakes, she raises her daughter with limitless affection.
But when Charlotte leaves for public school after years of homeschooling, both mother and daughter have to adapt to the world outside. The story follows both girls as they find their own paths outside of their small cocoon, through romantic encounters and mishaps.
Alma Brami : Alma Brami published her first novel, Sans elle (Mercure de France 2008), to critical acclaim when she was only twenty-three years old. It’s For Your Own Good is her fourth novel.