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Le Divorce offers funny portraits of Americans abroad

April 27, 2011

Diane Johnson’s Le Divorce, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction and a national bestseller, is a sparkling contemporary novel on Americans in the city of Light that is hilariously insightful.

It follows the story of Isabel Walker, a film school dropout who arrives in Paris to help her older step-sister Roxy during the final weeks of her second pregnancy. She is hoping that her time abroad will help her get her life in gear but of course nothing will go according to plans as on the day she arrives, Roxy’s French husband, Charles-Henri de Persand, has just left for another woman. Could “le divorce” be far behind?

As Isabelle helps Roxy sort out the mess, she will start a torrid affair with l’oncle Edgar, a prominent politician, who is married and over forty years her senior, and will learn about the customs, biases, and complex sexuality of modern Europe.

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  1. September 22, 2011 10:30 pm

    Reaindg this makes my decisions easier than taking candy from a baby.

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