She grew up in her grandmother Nini’s caretaker’s lodge in Paris. For all her tiny, wizened appearance, Nini was a great storyteller. Against the melodic clamour of this close-knit clan from Oran, Algeria, Carole began to write. She worked as a waitress, usherette, clothes seller, doughnut seller, tour guide, beach photographer, actress, producer, assistant director, freelancer and semiologist, exploring many different worlds in line with the seasons while she pursued her literature studies and wrote for pleasure.
A search for meaning led her to become a literature teacher, and she continued writing. In 2007, she published her first novel Le Cœur cousu (The Threads of the Heart) under Gallimard, which won accolades including the West France Amazing Travellers prize, the Renaudot students’ prize and the Emmanuel Roblès prize. This was followed by Du domaine des Murmures (From the Domain of the Murmurs), winner of the 2011 Goncourt students’ prize.