Miming in French
presented by Sheila McGrory-Klyza
Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol
While trying to assimilate into French culture while living in Aix-en-Provence with her family, Sheila McGrory-Klyza became aware of social dynamics between Muslim and the French people who considered themselves as the “true”
French. Since she and her family were also outsiders in this culture, she began to imagine what it would be like for an American girl to befriend a French Muslim girl and how
they might overcome their own cultural differences.
McGrory-Klyza wrote Miming in French to tell that story. Another central character is a mysterious street mime, a
Sheila McGrory-Klyza was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and French and received her MA in English from the College of William and Mary. She has taught at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and the New England Young Writers Conference. Her poems, essays, and articles have been published in national journals and magazines. She lives in Bristol, Vermont, a village of 4000 people, with her husband and two teenaged daughters, and she has also lived in France at a few different times, most recently in Paris in 2010.