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The Margot Affair (Hardcover)

| Hogarth Pr | 6/16/2020

ISBN-10 : 1984854437   ISBN-13 : 9781984854438   List Price : $27.00

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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.

&;A diary and a page-turner and a masterful debut, all at once.&;&;Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

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.

Advance praise for The Margot Affair

&;Subtle, beautiful, serious.&;&;Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
&;Powerful and affecting . . . truly exceptional.&;&;Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

Growing up in hiding in a small Left Bank apartment, the illegitimate daughter of an actress and a high-profile French politician bonds with a respected journalist who aids her reckless agenda to expose dangerous secrets.

""There were so many of us, children of these double families who dreamed of the other side. That night, I fantasized about the separate spheres of our lives colliding..." Introspective and headstrong, and fueled by an intensity she can't name, Margot Louve has lived as her parents' secret. For seventeen years, her father - an influential French politician with presidential ambitions - has led a double life, his only contact with Margot and her mother in moments stolen from his wife and his official duties. Margot's mother, Anouk - a charismatic and prominent stage actress - constructs a private, shimmering world of secrecy around their hidden family in their tiny Parisian apartment on the Left Bank. It is a carefully constructed house of cards that Margot decides fatefully to tumble when one evening, at the opening night of one of her mother's plays, she meets the man who will set her plan in motion: the powerful and well-regarded journalist David Perrin. The next day, the front pages of the morning papers are emblazoned with news of the affair, and Margot finds herself drawn into another marriage - that of David and his beguiling wife Brigitte, each of whom want more from her than she is willing to give up. In just one stunning revelation, Margot discovers how her impulsive decision will change the contours of everyone's life around her in ways she could never have imagined. In this simmering debut, Sanaee Lemoine exposes the seams between private and public faces, truth and deceit, love and persuasion. Insightful and moving, woven in sensuous prose, The Margot Affair explores razor-sharp turns between women - from the bone-deep bond between mothers and daughters to the devotion and betrayal of friendship - and the dangers of pushing beyond the boundaries of a life lived in the shadows"--

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1984854437
  • ISBN-13: 9781984854438
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 335.98 (d)
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