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The Mews French Book Club: Catherine Cusset on Camille Laurens's Who You Think I am

Celebrated French writer Catherine Cusset leads a French Book Club, exploring new tendencies in French and Francophone literature in a relaxed setting.

The book to be discussed is Who You Think I Am by Camille Laurens (Other Press).

ABOUT WHO YOU THINK I AM, By Camille Laurens (Other press, 2017)

This psychological thriller dissects online relationships, offering a stunning indictment of the way society perceives women in contrast to men when age comes into play. 

This is the story of Claire Millecam, a forty-eight-year-old teacher and divorcée who creates a fake social media profile to keep tabs on Joe, her occasional, elusive, and inconstant lover. Under the false identity of Claire Antunes, a young and beautiful twenty-four-year-old, she starts a correspondence with Chris—pseudonym KissChris—which soon turns into an Internet love affair.

Dangerous Liaisons for our times, Who You Think I Am exposes the disconnect between fantasy and reality. Social media allows us to put ourselves on display, to indulge in secrets, but above all to lie, to recreate a life, to become our own fiction—magnifying and manipulating the double standards to which older women are held when they refuse to give up on desire.

Simultaneously sensual, intellectually stimulating, and utterly relevant, this page-turner will stick in your mind long after reading.

RSVP required on Eventbrite. Please register by June 10.

Registrants will receive the direct link to the Zoom meeting the week of the event.

Free and open to the public.


Catherine Cusset is the award-winning, best-selling author of thirteen novels published by Gallimard. She taught literature at Yale between 1991 and 2002 and lives in New York City. Her novel Un brillant avenir received the Goncourt des Lycéens Prize in 2008 and her novel L’autre qu’on adorait was a finalist for the Goncourt Prize in 2016. The Story of Jane was published by Simon & Schuster in 2001 and Life of David Hockney came out in May 2019 with Other Press.

Camille Laurens is an award-winning French novelist and essayist. She received the Prix Femina, one of France’s most prestigious literary prizes, in 2000 for Dans ces bras-là, which was published in the United States as In His Arms in 2004. Who You Think I Am was published in 2017: this psychological thriller dissects online relationships, offering a stunning indictment of the way society perceives women in contrast to men when age comes into play.

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