In the interview collection To our daughters, author Michèle Plomer wanted to speak to a dozen women from rich backgrounds about transmission and sisterhood. Conclusion: It is a very comprehensive book that offers us what we knew with the romantic trilogy. dragon village and autofiction books like spark and dress the heart.
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Even the selection of the interview partners indicates depth of thought and specialist areas. From the author Joséphine Bacon to the feminist activist Marjorie Villefranche, through the poet Denise Desautels, the painter Marion Wagschal and the playwright Brigitte Haentjens, Michèle Plomer gives voice to a whole variety of voices.
In addition to Justine Latour’s great photos, in which the guests reveal a little bit of their humanity, the author explains the reasons for her choice in the introduction to each interview. For example, Yvette Bonny, a pediatrician and hematologist of Haitian descent, performed the first bone marrow transplant on a child in Quebec. Michèle Plomer also never hesitates to get involved, telling, for example, how much the work of Marie-Claire Blais or Nicole Brossard has always fascinated her, or how the simple presence of Manon Barbeau or Paule Baillargeon impresses.
In every interview, we also sense the admiration that Michèle Plomer feels for these extraordinary women, but also her desire to get to the bottom of things with them.
The idea of the book is to get everyone talking about the journey through different topics. Marriage, sexuality, creation, money, work, motherhood, immigration, the range of topics covered is wide and the variety of experiences narrated allows you to touch many aspects of life.
Whether it is the bookseller Jeanne Lemire who speaks of goodwill in business life; community worker Yasmina Choukari, who speaks about religion and the blind spots of intersectionality; Marion Wagschal on financial independence; or Paule Baillargeon, who talks about anger as a driving force, even the densest thoughts are embodied and clearly the result of constant and intimate evolution.
Connected by solidarity
Emerging in the background of this book, which gives a voice to women whose common point is certainly their free and independent spirit, is the female solidarity that has been the source of the work and life of most of the world. How to show young women autonomy and self-esteem? Michele Plomer wonders. The feedback is numerous and generous, but without judgment, because above all we place great trust in the new generations.
But since this book is a book of sharing, openness and dialogue, it would be a good idea to put it in the hands of young women, but also men, so that these paths, sometimes walked with resistance, help to understand what is behind it and be an inspiration and a lever for more equality and understanding.
Anyway, here are 12 voices, wise but not so wise, pulling us up, avoiding intellectual shortcuts and preferring discussion to confrontation. One of the many good reasons to listen to them.
To our daughters in a few quotation marks
I would say to young women that they have as much right to self-actualization as their partner has. It is often knowledge that brings satisfaction, and satisfactions that bring a little joy, and lots of satisfactions and pleasures that bring happiness.
I’ve always said: freedom before love.
As long as we can love, think, walk, look, and appreciate what our senses capture from the beings around us and within us, aging is a form of achievement and a gentle relationship with time.
I am every day who I need to be in my day. And then we’ll see.
Women and artists in particular have so many doubts about the value and quality of their work. This uncertainty is a huge obstacle that I have to overcome every day and that I face by showing up in my studio every day.
The fight is a piece of women’s history, and it’s very much black women’s history.
The complicity between women is quick, instantaneous, especially when we are about to address vital issues that touch what is both deep and fragile within us.
To our daughters
Michele Plomer and Justine Latour