Dominique Fabre born in 1960, writes about people living on society’s margins. He is a lifelong resident of Paris. Two of his novels have been translated into English, Guys Like Me and The Waitress Was New. The story "Christmas at the Boarding School" was written for a new anthology entitled A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time, published by New Vessel Press.
This is an old story, a school story. I was in the third row and he was in the second, near the entrance. He had arrived in September and sometimes, when he wasn’t busy listening in class, sharpening a pencil or writing an assignment, he looked around looking a bit lost, as if he’d just gotten off an airplane and didn’t know where he was.