The Woman in the Row Behind "My husband would wake at three minutes to five, and by five o'clock we had made love," moans Nina, narrator of Françoise Dorner's precious first… The Woman in the Row Behind "My husband would wake at three minutes to five, and by five o'clock we had made love," moans Nina, narrator of Françoise Dorner's precious first… 2006-06-13 Fiction Other Press
Book Review

The Woman in the Row Behind (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 13, 2006; Writer: Francoise Dorner; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Other Press

''My husband would wake at three minutes to five, and by five o'clock we had made love,'' moans Nina, narrator of Françoise Dorner's precious first novel The Woman in the Row Behind. ''I was happy for him, but...'' Nina, who runs a Paris newspaper kiosk, begins peeking at porn magazines. Soon she's servicing a stranger (the first man ''who trusted my mouth and my steely little teeth'') under a café table. Is her hubby also restless? To find out, she approaches him in disguise in a darkened cinema. But instead of a spicy encounter, Nina's absurd experiment leads to endless, earnest hand-wringing about her dreary marriage, and this saucy little fiction becomes a bore.

Originally posted Jun 09, 2006 Published in issue #882 Jun 16, 2006 Order article reprints
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