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The Margot Affair

Sanae Lemoine

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Family & relationships

A Parisian coming of age tale from a bright new voice in literary fiction.

A New York Times Editor's Choice

A Herald's Best Summer Book 'An unusual and accomplished first novel . . . moves in intriguing leaps and twists.' Economist

'Gorgeous' New York Times

'Grapples with the complexity of familial love.' Marie Claire

French teenager Margot is the illegitimate daughter of a prominent stage actress and an influential politician. The comings and goings of their unconventional family, in a small Parisian apartment, cast her whole life under a veil of secrecy and shame.
One summer, Margot decides to exercise her own agency when she meets a well-regarded journalist whose trust seems surprisingly easy to gain. But as Margot is drawn into an adult world, she learns how one impulsive decision can change the contours of her life, and the lives of those around her, in ways she could never have imagined.
In this simmering debut Sanae Lemoine explores private and public faces, truth and deceit, love and persuasion. The Margot Affair is a novel about the bone-deep bond between mothers and daughters, the devotion and betrayal of friendship and the dangers of pushing beyond the boundaries of a life lived in the shadows.

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Praise for The Margot Affair

  • An unusual and accomplished first novel . . . moves in intriguing leaps and twists. - Economist

  • Missing Paris? Look no further than this atmospheric coming-of-age tale . . . - I News

  • Gorgeous . . . very French. . . in lush, lyrical prose that perfectly captures the heightened emotion and confusion of being a young woman with a bruised heart and limited experience . . . It asks the ultimate question about this most complicated of relationships: What will a mother do for her child? - Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

  • Another coming-of-age tale... about the lasting effects of deceit and betrayal. - Herald

  • Drumming with tension, The Margot Affair grapples with the complexity of familial love. - Marie Claire

  • Subtle, beautiful, serious. - Karen Russell

  • Undoubtedly one of the top literary fiction reads of the summer, this brilliant debut, touted as a 'coming of age' novel, is a wonderful study of the mother-daughter relationship, and of love and loss in all its nuanced complexities. - Women's Weekly

  • An engaging examination of youth, age and cruelty. A stimulating and provocative read. - Irish Times

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Sanae Lemoine

Sanae Lemoine was born in Paris to a Japanese mother and French father and raised in France and Australia. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MFA at Columbia University. She now lives in New York.

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