Jeannette is ten years old today. She and her mother have big plans for the day: they will take a trip to see Eleanore, a crocodile found in the sewers near Pont-Neuf and taken in by the zoo in Vannes. Jeannette doesn’t want any other gift, since she heard about it, the story of Eleanore fascinates her. But in the small spa town where they live, where the factories are closing, where people are fighting to pay the bills, not to drink too much, to try to be happy sometimes, what are the dreams of little girls worth? This meeting with his crocodile will be for his eleventh, twelfth or thirteenth birthday... We don’t think it could ever be too late.
Jeannette et le crocodile delivers a poignant chronicle of the lives of a few characters who try to dream of the future despite the infinite harshness of a world of failure and pretense. Once again, Séverine Chevalier offers us a deeply moving novel of humanity.