This is from the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise.
In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place.
Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold.
She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover.
As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act.
With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/07/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099520382
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Review by Helenliz
This was fascinating. Starts with the trial of an older woman, accused of murdering her young lover. The rest of the book is the story of her life, culminating the the murder (I won't let on whodunit). The woman is Gladys, and her life is told from a young girl to the present time. She's not very likeable; she's attractive to men, but very self absorbed (in my mind). And that self absorbtion is the cause of her current predicament. I found myself feeling sorry for her, but thinking that it was largely self inflicted. <br/>There's a distinct twist in the tail and it's a good read.
Review by Nataliec7
I absolutely loved this book.<br/>Its about a woman Gladys who is obsessed with her youth and her need to be a desirable woman. As the book progresses through the times and she ages,her attitude changes but age has it her main priority. Its amazing the lengths that this woman went to in order to maintain her youth and not age gracefully.<br/>Although there are several other characters, you grow to focus solely on Gladys and how she is feeling. I felt sad that she had these thoughts and feelings that impacted her so hugely.<br/>This book has left me wanted more from this author. A definate must read for me.