She's always considered herself to be an outsider, though less so since publication. "Before I had this feeling everywhere, with everybody," she says, "I felt marginalised by the whole world. Whereas since I've been published, at least I'm not marginalised by my readers, and since I have a lot of readers that limits how much I can be marginal." Many of her readers identify strongly with her characters, she continues. It seems that the feeling of being marginal is very widespread. "There are many of us outsiders."
I wonder whether this doesn't capture the dubious desire that drives many of us sad bloggers? Find the other outsiders?
I reckon I'll have to get back to Nothomb's books. I have a few on the shelf but never really got into them.