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.
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