Violette's Embrace is a multi-layered novel that evokes the remarkable life of Violette Leduc, a brilliant stylist hailed as "France's greatest unknown writer." She was a contemporary of de Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus, and Cocteau, and regarded as "a female Genet" by her admirers and critics alike. A lonely tortured woman, Leduc, who in the face of unrequited passion, longed only for love in the form of literary esteem.
Michele gives an overview of the book:
I flew to Paris to find a dead writer. On the airplane, in the bag on my lap, I carried a lilac-colored copy of La Batard. It was tattered and underlined, with red paper wrappings from chopsticks marking the pages. Many years ago, I has found this used copy in an old bookstore on Broadway in New York. The writer, Violette Leduc, wrote on an edge that reminded me of<--> myself. I bought it for a dollar and devoured it forever.
For many years I was a visual artist exhibiting in museums and galleries, both in the United States and Europe. Over time, random words began to appear on my canvases . . . then poems . . . then elaborate fragments of narratives. I began to think more about writing and less...