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A fierce defiance: Love Me Tender, by Constance Debré, reviewed

Separated from her husband, Constance trains herself to be ‘indestructible’ while awaiting a ruling over custody of their son

7 January 2023

9:00 AM

7 January 2023

9:00 AM

Love Me Tender Constance Debré, translated by Holly James

Tuskar Rock, pp.165, 12.99

‘I don’t see why the love between a mother and son should be any different from other kinds of love. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to stop loving each other? Why shouldn’t we be allowed to break up?’ So begins Love Me Tender, the simply told but deeply felt new novel from Constance Debré, a story inspired by the French writer’s experience of leaving her husband and losing custody of her child.

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