In "Life Is A Foreign Language," we take a journey with the main character, Nina Brochard. For the first time in her life, she’s taking action and making her own choices. The catch? She is 59-years-old and her whole life is about to change.
Living for the first time without her family and the ways of her cheating husband, Nina is forced to find out what the world is like on her own. She meets Michael Hamilton, a handsome pediatrician that is going to end up teaching her more about herself than she ever realized.
Nina uses her writing as a way to make sense of all her emotions and when she realizes that everything that has just happened to her is part of an amazing story, she intertwines her own writing with her new life.
The story shows that anyone can have new experiences at any stage of their life. Even as adults we are still vulnerable and sensitive, learning from different people and places. We still have so much to learn and when we figure out that we never knew anything, a whole new perspective is bestowed upon us.
Golay uses Nina as a vessel that represents any human being, whether it be a man or a woman. Nina is a person trying to heal from her wounds, a person that is looking for something that will make them feel like they are alive again. Nina fights throughout the novel to stop living in her past, to stop making excuses, and propel herself into her present.
The story does not have the cliché “happy ending”, but after Nina is made to face the harsh realities of life and the powerful meaning of love, she is also forced into depending on herself for true happiness. She begins to cherish every moment that she is alive and that is the closest to happiness that anyone can actually come.
A quote from the beginning of the book puts it best: “Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be; because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”