Stephanie LaCava

  • interviews September 08, 2016

    Bookforum talks with Lauren Collins

    When in French: Love in a Second Language is New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins’s memoir of falling in love with a Frenchman and navigating life overseas, It isn’t a linear story; instead Collins combines episodic anecdotes with heavily researched passages exploring linguistics, Appropriately, section headings make use of complicated French verb tenses.

    When in French: Love in a Second Language is New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins's memoir of falling in love with a Frenchman and navigating life overseas. It isn't a linear story; instead Collins combines episodic anecdotes with heavily researched passages exploring linguistics. Appropriately, section headings make use of complicated French verb tenses. Flashbacks are simply “The Past” (Le Passé composé), for example; Collins's childhood is “The Imperfect” (L’Imparfait); and the more recent past is “The Past Perfect” (Le Plus-que-parfait). As Collins tells it, “I could have given each