Le petit frère

by Annemarie Jutel   Jean-Louis Tripp’s Le petit frère (“Little Brother”) is the heart-rending story of grief, guilt, anger, and finally of conciliation over the death of a younger sibling.  “Merci à ma Maman” (“Thanks to my mother”) writes Tripp in his acknowledgements, “and forgive me for making you return to such painful memories.” Le petit frère is indeed a return to painful memories of intense grief, but also, fleetingly, of joy.  Flashback to summer 1976:  Finistère.  The place name means, literally, the end of the earth; it is the extreme Western point on the map of France, where Brittany … Continue reading Le petit frère