Original Title: Les dix-sept valises
Author: Isabelle Bary
Alicia Zitouni is the kind of woman for whom everything goes wrong. Of Moroccan origin, she was born in Belgium, but feels at home in neither country. She has led a life marked by hostile surroundings: restricted, oppressed and subject to the will of men. And yet, Alicia shines. She exudes a joie de vivre that allows her throw her arms open to whatever comes her way.
When Mathilde Lambert – a young woman for whom nothing ever goes wrong – decides to write a novel inspired by Alicia’s extraordinary story, she never imagines that the project will impact her subject´s life.
By slipping into her heroine´s skin, Mathilde will find a way to understand an existence that is the antithesis of her own. She will enter the invisible realms of belief and imagination, and be transformed by a poetic perspective on the world. She will finally understand why, of the two of them, it is Alicia whose smile shines brightest.
In Seventeen Suitcases Isabelle Bary paints a portrait of a woman with diverse origins and a difficult past who gains her freedom through a unique outlook on life; who has the ability to transform burdens into treasures. What if we all had that strength?
FRENCH | Éditions Luce Wilquin