Le Mariage

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Penguin, Apr 1, 2001 - Fiction - 336 pages
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"Like Jane Austen, Johnson delights in the worldly rituals surrounding courtship and marriage... she is a philosopher as much as a novelist."—The New Yorker

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist Le Divorce, a sparkling comedy of manners once again set in the world of Americans in Paris

Anne-Sophie is a young Frenchwoman engaged to Tim Nolinger, an American journalist hot on the trail of a breaking story: The theft of a valuable illuminated manuscript from a private collection in New York, which may now be in the possession of a reclusive film director living on the outskirts of Paris. As Tim, Anne-Sophie, a pair of American antique dealers, and one amorous member of the local gentry converge on the director's chateau, the director's wife—a former actress—is accused of desecrating a national monument. Add to that a disappearing American; a hunting contretemps; a wrongful arrest; and murder, and you have this sexy, stylish, delight of a novel that celebrates the paradoxes of marriage and morality as they are perceived on both sides of the Atlantic. Filled with the author's pithy insights and hilarious asides, Le Mariage is Diane Johnson at her very best.

 

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Contents

Clara
AnneSophie
What AnneSophie
La Virtue
Delias Story
Dernier Train
Sunday Morning
Hotel Le Mistral
The Houseguest
At Madame du Barrys
Hospitality
The Driad Apocalypse
The Arrest of Monsieur Savard
Confidences
The Arrest
Prison

Goddess of the Hunt
Will You Wear White?
Tears at the Tennis Club MarneGarcheslaTour
Who Is Tim?
Where Is Gabriel?
The Clipping
Illuminating Manuscripts
The Invitations
Have You Heard What Happened to Clara?
The Prisoner
StirCrazy
Word from Gabriel
Out on Bail
Clara and Delia
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Diane Johnson is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a National Book Award finalist, as well as many other novels, including Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Persian Nights, and she co-authored the screenplay to The Shining with Stanley Kubrick. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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