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Description - Nothing Serious by Justine Levy

One of the edgiest novels to come out of Europe in years - not to mention one of the most successful - this thinly veiled roman-?-clef is about the daughter of one of Europe's most famous writers as she navigates life after the collapse of her marriage. It is a penetrating, sometimes funny, sometimes enraged look at pain in the limelight, where a glamorous, privileged world offers no protection for shattered heroine Louise. Deserted by her famous husband - the man she has loved since they were children - when he falls for a model-turned-rock-star, she is unmoored in a world that suddenly has no meaning for her. And as her life implodes, one misfortune seems to follow another - her grandmother dies, her mother develops cancer, and always the question, why did Adrien leave? Based on some of Europe's most glamorous real-life stars-including Bernard-Henri L?vy and Carla Bruni, Mick Jagger's ex-Justine L?vy captures the world of the "beautiful people" with lacerating relish, as well as humour and a wonderfully poetic eye for detail. In the end, narrator Louise spares no one - and especially not herself - from her ruthless and ultimately energising honesty.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780976140771
ISBN-10: 0976140772
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 133mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Melville House Publishing
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Justine Levy

Justine Levy's first novel, "The Rendezvous, "published when she was nineteen, was praised by critics in New York and Paris, where she was hailed as the next Francoise Sagan. Levy is an editor at Editions Stock, one of France's leading publishing houses, and she is the daughter of the philosopher Bernard-Herni Levy. She lives in Paris. Charlotte Mandell is the recipient of the Modern Language Association Prize, and has translated Maurice Blanchot, Jean Genet, Gustave Flaubert, and Guy de Maupassant.