Dear Great Book Guru, With the upcoming holidays, I will
have lots of time to get into a good novel.
Do you have a suggestion - I’m thinking something with an international
flavor. Hopeful Holiday Reader
Dear Hopeful Holiday Reader, I just read an interesting book
suggested by a GBG follower: THE MARGOT AFFAIR by Sanae Lemoine. Set in present-day Paris, the novel tells the
story of a family and the secrets that can very well destroy it. Margot is the
daughter of a famous actress and an influential politician with presidential
ambitions and… another family. Margot
has always known that her father - who is very involved in her life - has a
wife and children and she is not to share this information with anyone. The
summer of her seventeenth birthday she is befriended by an attractive
journalist and his wife who become very important to her - dinners, concerts,
overnight visits. Soon she tells them her secret and a story appears in the
newspaper much to her parents’ horror.
No one seems to know where the information came from, but political and
theatrical worlds are a clamor with speculation. The story then takes a surprising twist that
will shock the reader. Throughout the
novel we see this adolescent’s need for parental love and approval and the
means she uses to attain them. Highly recommended!