A witty look at French and American cultures. It begins when an American woman arrives in Paris to help her sister divorce an aristocratic husband who has taken off with another woman. The couple have a child and the two families, French and American, clash over its future. By the author of Persian Nights.
I don't think it will really be worth your time.
There are some light, enjoyable moments. I enjoyed the French v. American culture play and some of the narrator's (Isabel's) introspection/thoughts. Perhaps this is why Ms. Francine Prose lists it among dozens of classic and contemporary book she thinks all aspiring writers and lovers of books should read "immediately"....
But there was just something lacking; I almost didn't make it all the way through.
Characters were alternately bewildering and amusing:
"I know I am dumb about speaking French...."
Though adultery appears commonplace in this book,
it felt like a lack of character for Isabel to so easily betray
another woman with a husband so open to a mistress.
Not only did the ending feel contrived, with no explanation of how
the murderer knew they would be at EuroDisney,
but the author and her main character's complete disdain and lack of respect
for the never-ending French cruelty of foie gras was painful to read.
Would she have joined in with bull-fighting in Spain or seal hunts in Canada?