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TO PREFER WINTER (working title)

Aurélie Jeannin

  • Original Title: PRÉFÉRER L’HIVER
  • Publication date: December 2018
  • Publisher: LIBRINOVA
  • Country: FR
  • 160 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Themes: FAMILY, Separation, Maternity, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Death, Resilience, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, Survival, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Sex


A woman and her mother live in isolation. They must face winter together in a deserted mountain village, dealing with sorrowful past losses and with a violent assault that changes everything.


Debut novel. It was first self-published.

Aurélie Jeannin studied literature before starting a career in communication and consultancy.


The narrator is an unidentified woman. She settles with her mother in a deserted mountain village in an unnamed location. Their daily life is difficult because they live alone, in an oppressive and gloomy environment, behind closed doors, but also because winter is very harsh and they slowly start lacking resources. Thus, they only survive.

Moreover, their psychological condition is quite troubled. On the one hand, the mother is apathetic and slightly depressive, as she is unable to accept happiness and constantly perceives dangers and negativity. On the other hand, the daughter is gifted with an extraordinary sensitiveness and perhaps intelligence, which have led her to develop anxiety and need psychotherapy for a while. As their life stories unfold, we understand that both women’s past is particularly heavy and sorrowful. Then, a violent assault changes everything.

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