L'Affaire by Diane Johnson

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In Diane Johnson’s L’Affaire, Amy Hawkins, a smart, pretty 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.  Amy starts her quest in the French Alps in the town of Valméri, amid an assortment of aristocrats and ski enthusiasts.

When two of the hotel’s guests, esteemed English publisher Adrian Venn and his much younger American wife, Kerry, are swept away by an avalanche, Adrian’s children—young, old, legitimate, illegitimate—assemble in Valméri to protect their interests.

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 Diane Johnson at her very best in a comedy of contemporary manners played out between the sexes as they stumble over cultural barriers and slam into cultural stereotypes.


 

About Diane Johnson

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Diane Johnson is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a 1997 National Book Award finalist, as well as twelve other books, including the novels Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning (all available in Plume editions). She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.
 
Published August 31, 2004 by Plume. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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This is all backdrop for Johnson’s primary aim: to set an American woman of a certain age, very successful, extremely bright, and well educated, in the midst of well-to-do French society (the only not-rich people here tend to be serving wine to the speaking characters) and watch what happens.

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Book Reporter

It explores the notion that traveling --- or worse, attempting to live --- abroad can become decidedly challenging.

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Entertainment Weekly

Like ''Le Divorce'' and ''Le Mariage,'' Johnson's latest is an unabashed love letter to a fictional France in which everyone is an Oh la la, mon Dieu!-exclaiming aristocrat whom crass Americans can only dream of emulating.

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People

An avalanche at an Alpine ski resort gets things rolling in L'Affaire, the third of Diane Johnson's witty, wise and deliciously enjoyable comic novels about cultural misunderstandings and amorous entanglements between innocent American abroad and their sophisticated French counterparts.

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Project MUSE

Amy's staunchest critic is Vee's husband, Emile Abboud, a sexy French-Tunisian seducer who dislikes all Americans, particularly the earnest, do-gooder Amy.

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Project MUSE

Amy's staunchest critic is Vee's husband, Emile Abboud, a sexy French-Tunisian seducer who dislikes all Americans, particularly the earnest, do-gooder Amy.

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