Catherine Cusset, PhD, born in Paris in 1963, taught eighteenth-century French literature at Yale for twelve years. She is the author of thirteen novels published mostly by Gallimard between 1990 and 2018, and she is translated into eighteen languages. Cusset’s thirteenth novel, the 2018 Vie de David Hockney, has already attracted immense praise from a broad range of critics in the French press and has won the Anaïs Nin prize; an English translation will be published by Other Press. New York, journal d’un cycle, a nonfiction work, was published in 2009. Catherine Cusset lives in Manhattan. See also catherinecusset.com
Fifteen years later, New York has changed. The twin towers no longer fill the view when you cycle down Fifth Avenue or rollerblade toward Downtown beside the Hudson. The East Village, Alphabet City, and the Lower East Side have gentrified. The Williamsburg Bridge has been repaired and now leads on both sides to neighborhoods inhabited by trendy young people.