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May 01, 2018
| ISBN 9781590518687
May 01, 2018
| ISBN 9781590518694
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May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781590518687
May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781590518694
Three generations of women untangle a complex family history that spans both world wars and reveals unexpected insights about marriage and fidelity. Christiane, eighty-six years old with a vibrant sense of humor, lives alone in a large apartment in the heart of Paris. Her daughter, Catherine, could not be more different; sullen and uptight, she resents her unfaithful Milanese husband. After discovering yet another affair, Catherine takes refuge in Paris at her mother’s home, accompanied by her own daughter, Luna. Christiane, who in spite of occasional dalliances lived a beautiful love story with her late husband, uses all of her freethinking charm to try to wean Catherine of her rigid self-pity. While listening to her mother and grandmother, Luna becomes increasingly curious about Christiane’s aristocratic Catholic background, prompting Christiane to tell the story of her father’s war experiences and the devastating love affair that brought chaos to the whole family. As memories resurface, the present takes on a different dimension. With a keen, lighthearted wit, The Devil’s Reward shows that life may be complicated and often painful, but if conventional morals prevail, it becomes unbearable.
Emmanuelle de Villepin was born in France in 1959. As a child, she moved to Geneva (where she later attended law school) and then to New York. She has lived in Milan with her husband and three daughters since 1988. She… More about Emmanuelle de Villepin
One of ELITE DAILY’S “2018 Book Releases That’ll Make Reading More Your New Year’s Resolution” “A sprightly tour through an old woman’s family secrets reveals that loving someone often requires the ability to forgive and a certain ‘sleight of hand.’” —Kirkus Reviews “De Villepin’s intimate family portrait…gracefully highlights the ways people of widely varying temperaments learn to coexist…[and] features gratifyingly in-depth character studies and a strong sense of place.” —Booklist“The story’s lighthearted and approachable nature allows it to explore both the pain and joy of these [family] connections in an honest way.” —World Literature Today“Evocative…Readable and authentic.” —Historical Novel Society“Illuminating…A seductive life lesson.” —Vogue (Italy) “A novel that uncovers the hidden nerves of family relationships.” —Marie Claire (Italy)
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