Cécile David-Weill is a French American writer who is based in New York. After Crush (Grove Press, 1997), a novel published under the name of Cécile de la Baume, she has written two novels, both of them wickedly funny comedies of manners set in glamorous French locales. The first, Femme de… (not yet published in English), follows three senior executives and their wives on a weekend corporate retreat in a luxurious hotel off season in La Baule, a beach resort in West of France, and offers a satirical take on both professional ambition and married life. The Suitors (Other Press, 2012), which takes place in a grand country house in the South of France, provides a wry, irreverent insiders’ look at French high society.
In 2014, Cécile David-Weill published Chroniques de New York (not yet published in English), a hilarious collection of tips for surviving in the Big Apple. Her most recent work, Parents under the Influence, Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother (Other Press, coming January 2020), is a unique guide to parenting that draws on a combination of personal experience, popular culture, French therapists’ case studies and research. Written with her signature wry sense of humor and her novelist’s keen eye for psychological detail, the book is engaging and readable; it is also an indispensable resource for parents wishing to free themselves from the negative influence of their own upbringing and social conditioning
To be published in January 2020
Part American and part French, part memoir and part guide, this book offers a fresh, unique, and powerful perspective on the challenges of parenting and how to find a rewarding path forward for parents and children alike.
In Parents Under the Influence, Cécile David-Weill draws on her own parenting blunders and successes as well as concrete examples, case studies, and works of fiction to guide readers, helping them heal from the past and become effective, nurturing parents.