The Confidant

The Confidant


By (author) Helene Gremillon, Translated by Alison Anderson

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 245 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 200mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143121561
  • ISBN 13: 9780143121565
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 362,465

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"A gripping first novel" ("Le Figaro Litteraire") and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as "Suite Francaise"Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille's discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie's innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.

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Author information

Helene Gremillon was born in France in 1977. She has degrees in literature and history and has worked as a journalist at the French newspaper, "Le Figaro," before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Paris with her partner, singer and songwriter Julien Clerc, and their child. She received The Prince Pierre Literary Prize for "The Confidant," her first novel. Visit

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"A beautiful, intricate book, "The Confidant" is held together with delicate threads and secrets. I scarcely know how to review it without inadvertently giving one away. It's a story of enduring emotions--love, jealousy, revenge--and the lengths that we will go to in their name. A love story, a thriller, a war novel, "The Confidant" is hard to put down. And, when you do, you'll want to flip back to the beginning and read again to see what clues you may have missed the first time. This gripping little story with its flawed, yet memorable characters is highly recommended." An Editor's Choice pick, February 2013 --Historical Novels Review