The third book in Leger's uncategorizable triptych turns its lens onto Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca who was tragically murdered while hiking across Europe in a wedding dress to promote world peace. This harrowing story, told in Leger's agile, exploratory and gorgeously labyrinthine prose, raises questions about womanhood, justice and what it means to make art in the world. To be consumed in one sitting and mulled over forever.— From Halley
Winner of a 2020 French Voices Award
Fiction. Performance Art. Biography. Memoir. THE WHITE DRESS is the third in Nathalie L ger's award-winning triptych of books about women who through their oeuvre, transform their lives into a mystery (ELLE). In EXPOSITION, L ger wrote about the Countess of Castiglione, the most photographed woman of the nineteenth century; in SUITE FOR BARBARA LODEN she took up the actress and filmmaker Barbara Loden; here, L ger grapples with the tragic 2008 death of Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca, who was raped and murdered while hiking from Italy to the Middle East in a wedding dress to promote world peace. A harrowing meditation on the risks women encounter, in life and in art, THE WHITE DRESS also brings to a haunting conclusion L ger's personal interrogation--sustained across all three books--of her relationship with her mother and the desire for justice in our lives.