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When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two - confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé - is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Joséphine's charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all - a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address - but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life.
When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris's name. All is well - that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.
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By Julie on 05-13-15
Poorly translated and performed
This story and its setting are French but the idioms and vocabulary are American. It's jarring and renders the story amateurish at best. Poorly drawn characters and motivations for an American story, but possibly ok for a French sensibility. I finally looked up the book to confirm my suspicion that it was a translation. I wish the narrator had a French accent instead of an American one. It was hard to like any of the characters and their actions and motivations made no sense to me. The story had promise, but not as translated and performed.