La lessive et autres histoires des femmes migrantes, (The Laundry and other stories of migrant women), Editions d'en bas, 2017

‘The Laundry and other stories of migrant women’ is a collection of 15 short texts based on the life history of women who arrived at Geneva driven away from their homes by wars, persecution, misery or the search of a better life. Despite the traumas that marked their paths, thanks to their courage and resilience, the protagonists managed to overcome their difficulties and reconstruct their life. They come from different countries from Algeria to Turkey, from Argentina to Ruanda, from very different social and cultural backgrounds, but their stories tell what unites us all: our quest to give a meaning to our life, to live in freedom, dignity, love, solidarity and justice.

Through the stories of these lives, the major tragic events of our times - that made millions of people refugees and exiled - are evoked from the Armenian genocide to the Yugoslav wars, from the two world wars to the upheavals of the Middle East. The stories are told in different narrative styles that include classic short stories and fables with magic dimensions, in a poetic language that occasionally turns into bitterly ironic.

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"The work finally becomes a mosaic of various destinies that have the common denominator of the hope to find a better life. It makes possible to get acquainted with the social background, culture and origins of the protagonists and it reminds us that to leave one’s home requires a lot of courage and resilience.”

Sonya Mermoud, Hommage à des migrantes, ces héroïnes…L’Evènement syndical, No. 35- 30 août 2017.

« The book finds a precise and adequate language to talk about migration (…) By choosing the just tone and a literary form resembling a tale, (YK) found a stylistic approach that makes it possible to restore the honor and dignity of these women, without neglecting the tragic aspects of their destinies.”

Sita Pottacheruva, Introduction, Radioliteractif, 19 septembre 2017, Radio Cité Genève

"…in this collection of short stories YK. finds the just and poetic tone to speak about a question of actuality in the language of literature."

Sita Pottacheruva, Récits des femmes migrantes, Le Courrier, 22 Septembre 2017

« The Laundry is a guide of elemental human feelings, of the search of a better life. (…) With the wisdom of a storyteller who has a driving license in neuroscience, YK. seems to handle perfectly the distribution of chemical substances that evoke empathy. For her, Geneva becomes a place of strong emotions; one will not look any longer at a stranger on the tram without wondering what it was like her “once upon a time”."

Joëlle Kuntz, Des femmes blessées et réparées ,   Le Temps, 19 décembre 2017

"... YK brings us the voice of migrant women who often do not dare or do not want to talk about the painful stages of their life and their migratory trajectories. YK aims to highlight the beauty and inner light of these women who suffered so much."

Lento Blanche et Falaize Clémence, Diversité News, Le Journal des 5èmes Rencontres de la Diversité, Le Creusot, décembre 2017.

In March 2018 La lessive was long-listed for the Hors Concours prize, the professional prize of French-language independent publishing.