'My name is Oscar, I'm ten years old . . . They call me Egghead, I look about seven, I live in hospital because of my cancer and I've never written to you because I don't even know if you exist.' Oscar is ill and no one, especially not his parents, can tell him what he already knows: that he is dying. Granny Rose, the oldest of the 'ladies in pink' who come to visit the patients, makes friends with Oscar. She suggests that he play a game: to pretend that each of the following twelve days is a decade of his imaginary life. One day equals ten years, and every night Oscar writes a letter to God telling him about his life. The ten letters that follow are sensitive, funny, heartbreaking and, ultimately, life-affirming. Oscar and the Lady in Pink is a small fable with a very big heart. First published in France 2002. This translation 2005.
ERIC EMMANUEL SCHMITT's bestselling novels and plays have been produced in 35 countries. The stage adaptation of Oscar and the Pink Lady starring Rosemary Harris, will be produced in the West End in Spring 2005.