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Oscar and the Lady in Pink

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Oscar, a ten-year-old boy, lives in a children’s hospital, with volunteer nurses called “Pink Ladies” and Mamie-Rose, being the oldest Pink Lady. She is retired but still actively volunteering with this group. After a failed bone marrow transplant, he thinks he is doomed. He talks about his future death to his family and staff. All turn a deaf ear to the word “death” with the exception of Mamie-Rose, formerly called “Strangler of Languedoc” thanks to her skills as a wrestler, which she confirms that he will die. Mamie-Rose then proposes to write letters to God by writing a wish of “feeling” every day. The next day, Oscar’s parents come to the hospital and learn from Doctor Düsseldorf that Oscar is indeed sentenced and that he will die in 12 days. They do not even want to kiss their son. Oscar, who overheard this conversation, is furious and calls them “cowards”. He does not want to see his parents anymore. At the end of the day, Mamie-Rose comes to visit Oscar and tells him that she has been allowed to visit him for the next 12 days. She invents a game that will allow him to enjoy his life at any age: every day for him will have a duration of 10 years. Oscar accepts and asks in his letter to God to visit him. During his “adolescence” (the next day), Oscar admits to Mamie-Rose that he really likes a girl named Peggy Blue.

Will Oscar confess his feelings? Will he reconcile with his parents?

The book explains his passage from atheism to belief, and from selfishness to altruism.

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2011

Magdalena Dudek

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