L'Affaire : роман

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Dutton, 2003 - Alps, French (France) - 340 pages
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Amy Hawkins, a young dot-com executive from California who has made her fortune at the top of NASDAQ sets off for Europe to find culture, her roots, and maybe a cause to devote her considerable fortune to. Amy starts her quest at one of the finest small hotels in the French Alps--a hotel noted for skiing and its famous cooking lessons--in the town of Valmeri, amid art assortment of Eurotrash aristocrats and ski enthusiasts. She has no plans to fall in love. On the first afternoon, she is nearly swept away by an avalanche (started, some say, by low-flying American warplanes). Two of the hotel's guests, esteemed English publisher Adrian Venn and his much younger American wife, Kerry, weren't as fortunate as Amy. Both lie comatose in a nearby hospital. When Adrian's children--young, old, legitimate, illegitimate--assemble in Valmeri to protect their interests should he not pull through. Amy finds the Hotel Croix St. Bernard a more difficult place. Here is British Rupert; his voluptuous sister. Posy; a French daughter, Victoire; her handsome husband; and their little half-brother, Harry, Kerry's eighteen-month-old baby, being cared for by Kerry's fourteen-year-old brother. Kip. Amy, already suspect as an American, finds that her nationality freezes the social climate as she steps in to assist the struggling Kip. She sets in motion a series of events in France and England that spotlight ancient national differences, customs, and laws, all leavened by American attitudes. Add the elements of love, sex, death, travel, and cooking--which bring on an uproar rivaling the avalanche--and "L'Affaire becomes a narrative both unexpected and amusing. With a memorable cast of characters assembled on anunmistakably European stage, Diane Johnson has crafted a penetrating comedy of manners about being American in Europe--and about love.

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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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Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres-essay, biography,and fiction-she isthe 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 is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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