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Description - L'affaire by Diane Johnson

-Johnson is more droll than Henry James, to whom she's been compared, and she's as witty as a modern-day Voltaire. Vraiment, L'Affaire, c'est irresistible!---Publishers Weekly Amy Hawkins, a Palo Alto girl who made herself a dot-com fortune, goes to France to get a sheen of sophistication and, perhaps, to have an affair that will ruffle her all-too-steady heart. She starts her quest in a glamorous resort in the French Alps, amid an assortment of aristocrats and ski enthusiasts. But when two of the hotel's guests are swept away by an avalanche, Adrian's children--young, old, legitimate, illegitimate--assemble to protect their interests, feuding under the competing laws of the British, American, and French systems.Amy, already suspect because she is American, steps in to assist, and unintentionally sets in motion a series of events that spotlight ancient national differences, customs, and laws. Filled with love, sex, death, and travel, L'Affaire is National Book Award finalist Diane Johnson at her very best.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780452285637
ISBN-10: 0452285631
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 135mm x 19mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a National Book Award finalist, as well as many other novels, including Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Persian Nights, and she co-authored the screenplay to The Shining with Stanley Kubrick. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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