Pretty Things

Pretty Things

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Virginie Despentes
A pulpy tale of mismatched twins struggling to embody the "perfect woman".


Paperback Edition
Publication Date: 08-15-2018

Translated by Emma Ramadan

Claudine has always been pretty and Pauline has always been ugly. But when Claudine wants to become famous, she convinces gloomy Pauline—with her angelic voice—to pretend they’re the same person. Yet just as things take off, Claudine commits suicide.

Pauline hatches a new scheme, pulling on her dead sister’s identity, inhabiting her apartment, and reading her mail. As the impersonation continues, Pauline slowly realizes that the cost of femininity is to dazzle on the outside while rotting away on the inside—and that womanhood is what ultimately killed her sister.