The Confidant

The Confidant


By (author) Helene Gremillon, Translated by Alison Anderson

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  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Format: Paperback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 192g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908313293
  • ISBN 13: 9781908313294
  • Sales rank: 161,947

Product description

'I got a letter one day, a long letter that wasn't signed.' Camille reads this narration of events from pre-war France, certain that it has been sent to her by mistake. Then more letters start to arrive - They tell of a friendship struck up between a young village girl, Annie, and Madame M, a bourgeois lady. To begin with the women simply share a love of art, but when Annie offers to carry a child for her infertile friend, their lives become intimately entwined. The child is born on the eve of the German invasion of France, and the repercussions of her birth are still felt decades later. This powerful first novel by Helene Gremillion is a gripping study of the destruction unleashed, when human desires for love and motherhood turn to obsession.

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Author information

Helene Gremillon was born in 1977 and lives in Paris. The Confidant is her first novel and has been translated from the original French into more than twenty languages.

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"A book which truly touches our hearts." ELLE "A stunning mastery of narration, a sense of suspense worthy of a top-notch film. A gripping first novel." LE FIGARO LITTERAIRE "Helene Gremillon: remember this name! Scrupulously written, with fine and harmonious phrasing that renders the heroines' voices perfectly." LE POINT "Historical detail and suspense that persists up to the very last paragraph." LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR