The People In The Photo
Hélène Gestern; Emily Boyce (translator) and Ros Schwartz (translator)
Gallic Books, Jun 10 2014, $14.95
Hélène Hivert knows next to nothing about her mom who died when she was three. Over the years, her father refuses to speak about her mom. She becomes excited when she finds a photo of her mom taken with two men after she had won the 1971 Interlaken Amateur Tennis Tournament Ladies’ Single. One of the men in the picture is listed as P. Crusten winner of the Men’s Single.
Hélène takes out a newspaper ad seeking info re the people in the photo. Swiss biologist Stéphane Crusten responds to her ad by sending her a copy of his dad’s Geneva Tennis Club membership card that also contains a photo. Excited Hélène responds and soon the pair exchange correspondences and find more photos of their respective parents. However, the truth may not set them free as the picture begins to focus with each wondering if they were better off not knowing.
The People In The Photo is an entertaining family drama told mostly through snail mail and email. Hélène and Stéphane are a delight to follow as their moods change throughout the engaging storyline. Though somewhat passive, fans who appreciate something different will enjoy Hélène Gestern’s refreshing family drama.