“Le Divorce” meets “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” in this hilariously entertaining mega-bestseller from France
When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Josephine Cortes is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two–confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoe–is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Josephine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all–a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a tres 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: Josephine 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.
If you are an admirer of Chick Lit then you will find this book a satisfying read. The author has the formula just right: a sullen teenager, a cute younger child, a cheating husband who runs off to exotic lands, a talented wife who is a doormat but undergoes a serious metamorphosis as the story progresses, mystery and affairs and a French backdrop. And it has the requisite somewhat happy ending that alludes to another installment to continue where this story leaves off.
Enjoy this read at the beach, on the bus or train. It is perfect to pick up and read a few chapters and then leave till the next time you have a moment to spare. It is a good example of the genre; a light and entertaining read.