The Margot Affair

Sanaë Lemoine (Author)
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NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE - The secret daughter of a French politician and a famous actress drops the startling revelation that will shatter her family in this beguiling debut novel of intrigue and betrayal.

NAMED ONE OF SUMMER'S BEST BOOKS BY Marie Claire - LitHub - Subway Book Review - Paperback Paris

Margot Louve is a secret: the child of a longstanding affair between an influential French politician with presidential ambitions and a prominent stage actress. This hidden family exists in stolen moments in a small Parisian apartment on the Left Bank.

It is a house of cards that Margot--fueled by a longing to be seen and heard--decides to tumble. The summer of her seventeenth birthday, she meets the man who will set her plan in motion: a well-regarded journalist whose trust seems surprisingly easy to gain. But as Margot is drawn into an adult world she struggles to comprehend, she learns how one impulsive decision can threaten a family's love with ruin, shattering the lives of those around her in ways she could never have imagined.

Exposing the seams between private lives and public faces, The Margot Affair is a novel of deceit, desire, and transgression--and the exhilarating knife-edge upon which the danger of telling the truth outweighs the cost of keeping secrets.

Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Hogarth Press
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.8 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781984854438

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About the Author

Sanaë Lemoine was born in Paris to a Japanese mother and French father, and raised in France and Australia. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA at Columbia University. She now lives in New York.

Reviews

"A deeply immersive novel about the ways in which your family may fail you . . . Written in graceful prose carrying clairvoyant insights, its wisdom stayed with me."--Ling Ma, author of Severance

"A stunning debut, simmering with tension and sensuality. This jewel of a novel examines the in-between spaces in life. . . . A mesmerizing story by an important new voice."--Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me

"Astonishing . . . Sanaë Lemoine is fearless and almost unbearably tender in her exploration of all the ways we both exalt and wound one another."--Stacey D'Erasmo, author of Wonderland

"An extraordinary, gorgeous novel . . . With exquisite precision and insight, The Margot Affair builds to an unexpected heat."--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

"Poised, coolly beguiling, and deeply compelling, Lemoine's debut casts a powerful spell."--Hermione Hoby, author of Neon in Daylight

"A brave portrayal of love in all of its complexities."--Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater

"Powerful and affecting . . . truly exceptional."--Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

"Visually and emotionally precise. . . an engrossing, impressive debut novel that skillfully charts a young Frenchwoman's coming-of-age."--Kirkus Reviews

"Sumptuous . . . The eclectic cast and rich Parisian backdrop deepen this dramatic exploration of family and the trials of early adulthood. Francophiles and anyone who appreciates an emotionally rewarding story will enjoy Lemoine's lush, well-crafted tale."--Publishers Weekly