The Confidant

The Confidant

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 245 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143121561
  • 9780143121565
  • 420,347

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"Helene Gremillon's talent bursts forth in this first novel, as much for the style as the historical details and the suspense that persists up to the very last paragraph. As for the main characters... they are all complex, unpredictable and above all charismatic."--Le Nouvel Observateur

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About Helene Gremillon

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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