Monday, May 10

“My (young) French lover” by Josée Blanchette: the fifties without complexes


Daily columnist for over 30 years The duty, Josée Blanchette drew on her own experience and that of women around her to write a sexy, uninhibited first novel about love after 50 years: My (young) French lover. Breaking a taboo, it depicts the waking up in love of a long-extinct woman, thanks to the good care of a lover who is half her age.

The universe of Jeanne, a well-established fifty-something, collapses when she learns that her doctor husband is leaving her for a young resident. After 15 years of a marriage-snuffer. To recover from the tragedy, her psychiatrist friend prescribed three things for her: sex, champagne and serotonin.

During an evening of swing dancing, Jeanne meets a young French expat much younger than her … an interesting, spiritual man, full of energy and very interested in seducing her to the bone. Forgetting taboos and embarrassment, Jeanne embarks on an adventure that will make her see all the colors.

Josée Blanchette has chosen to tackle a stubborn taboo to write a first novel that is joyful, intelligent, carnal: the received idea that after forty, women are no longer worth much in terms of love. Echo of a revolution taking shape in our society? “It’s a novel sex, drugs and swing! ” she comments at the outset.

She was amazed at how much women in their 50s changed around her, and how they no longer wanted to carry this role. “I have friends in their fifties who are also grandmothers, we get along, and who have a lot of fun nursing babies. But it’s not everyone, and there are all kinds of models. ”

An encounter

A meeting served as a little spark for the novel writing. “While going dancing, I met a young French lover. I saw that there were plenty of young men after me and I never could have thought that! And I was not the only one. It happened to my friends. But I never thought it was going to happen to me. ”

Around her, she noticed a phenomenon. “I don’t like to call them cougars because in Jeanne’s case, she’s not the one who goes hunting. Word cougar, it is very predatory. It is she who is solicited. And I saw that people – of all ages – had adventures and that it was not just for guys. ”

She has observed that some women “loot” with young men after a separation. “There are those who felt guilty … and others who say to me: ‘I could not’. Well. You could not … until this happens to you, you! “

The novel is based on “real life, a reflection, the imagination”, she adds. “There is a fictional part. The only truths in this novel are the erotic scenes! ”

  • Josée Blanchette is a daily columnist The duty for over 30 years.
  • She is also present on radio and television.
  • She has published essays, collections of chronicles, gourmet guides.
  • She received the Jules-Fournier (1999) and Judith-Jasmin (Opinion, 2014) awards.


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