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Penguin Adult, Apr 6, 2006 - Fiction - 480 pages
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A wickedly funny and observant novel about the delicate questions of love, death and money.

Amy Hawkins, Californian millionairess, is travelling in Europe, to find her culture, her roots and a cause to which she might devote her considerable fortune. She lands at one of the finest small hotels in the French Alps a hotel noted for skiing and its famous cooking lessons and soon finds that Americans are not the flavour of the month in France.

A few days into her trip, she narrowly survives an avalanche. Two of the hotel s other guests, English publisher Adrian Venn and his much younger wife Kerry, are not as fortunate and both lie comatose in a nearby hospital. Amy steps in as Adrian s children young and old, legitimate and illegitimate - assemble in Valmeri to protect their interests should he not pull through, and in her innocence sets in motion a series of events in France and England that threaten to topple carefully built family alliances once and for all.

Add one or two small affaires and soon it is, as the French would say, a situation.

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Calif. $ goes to ski resort — she tries to do good — things get mixed up — good Amy Hawkins, a smart, pretty Palo Alto girl who made herself a dot-com fortune, goes to France to get a sheen of ... Read full review

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Amy finds herself wealthy after her dotcom company sells, and she sets off for France for a course of self-improvement. While at a ski resort in the Alps, an avalanche puts two fellow guests in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Diane Johnson, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and three-time National book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce) is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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