A brief stay with the living does touch some of the same notes but never really reaches any of the extremes that the waves did for good and for bad every day it is the same story in the end a brief stay with the living is a fine novel it is a book bordering on prose poetry carried by strong characters that come to life as resemblances and . A brief stay with the living has 23 ratings and 2 reviews amy ruth said phew this was a difficult claustrophobic sometimes harrowing read it consis. A brief stay with the living gives us a cast of voices the mother lives in the south of france with her lover momo and her youngest daughter nore from the aptly princessy lo nore. Marie darrieussecq was born in 1969 in bayonne france she is a graduate of the ecole normale superieure in paris her debut novel pig tales 1996 was published in 34 countries and became the most popular first novel in france since the 1950s her second novel my phantom husband 1998 became an immediate bestseller her third novel breathing underwater prompted francis gilbert in the . An exploration of loss and guilt a brief stay with the living is the story of a mother and her three grown up daughters jeanne the eldest has moved to argentina with her husband anne lives alone in paris but is in the throes of an unhappy affair with a married man and nore the youngest is in her first year at university but still
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