However, Simone de Beauvoir is still as fascinating as ever. She chronicled her early life in Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter—an intimate picture of growing up in a bourgeois French family, rebelling as an adolescent against the conventional expectations of her class, and striking out on her own with an intellectual and existential ambition exceedingly rare in a young woman in the 1920s.
And, of course, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Satre were one of the world's legendary couples. Hazel Rowley does this passionate, freethinking pair justice in Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Satre. The New York Times Book Review said, "Engrossing... Tells Beauvoir and Sartre’s repellent, inspiring and unlikely tale more completely and concisely than it has ever been told."