The Confidant by Helene Gremillon
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"A gripping first novel" (Le Figaro Littéraire) and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as Suite Française

Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille's discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie's innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.


About Helene Gremillon

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HÉLÈNE GRÉMILLON was born in France in 1977. She worked at the French newspaper Le Figaro before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Paris with singer-songwriter Julien Clerc and their child. ALISON ANDERSON is an author and acclaimed translator of French literature, including Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog. She lives in Switzerland.
Published October 30, 2012 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Already in a state of shock, both from the unexpected death and from breaking up with her boyfriend after his casual mention of not wanting children when Camille told him she was pregnant, Camille becomes fascinated with the correspondent’s tale of a budding romance between two teenage friends,...

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We read most of the book with a set of preconceived judgements and then we're treated to other characters' versions and nothing seems certain I would love to expound on the characters' characters (if you see what I mean) but as our perceptions of them change along with that of events, I would g...

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In 1975, as the story opens, Camille Werner is dealing with the recent, unexpected, death of her mother.

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