In Diane Johnson’s L’Affaire, Amy Hawkins, a smart, pretty Palo Alto girl whoÂ made herself a dot-com fortune, goes to France to get a sheen of sophistication and, perhaps, to have an affair that will ruffle her all-too-steady heart.Â Amy starts her quest in the French Alps in the town of ValmÃ©ri, amid an assortment of aristocrats and ski enthusiasts.
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This is the third Diane Johnson book I read and I really had trouble keeping my mind from wandering during it. Not that it was bad, it just didn't hold my attention the way L'Marriage and L'Divorce did, and it was mostly about who got what inheritance. I found the testament laws of France and England interesting, as I work Estate and Trust law, but I wonder if someone who didn't work in that field would find about the pages and pages of fighting over who got what.
Affairs? Yes, there are som ...more
Do I feel weird inside? Yes. But it's just a feeling and there's way better out there to read!
L"Affaird is set in this decades at a ski resort in the French Alps, where a rich, young, attractive American woman trips over a very sticky situation a complex, dysfuncti ...more
Biggest love in this book is the idea that maybe my benevolent impulses to save someone/ somethin ...more
I don't think I'll pick up another Diane Johnson book, and that may be my loss, but after trying to read this one, I'll take that chance.
I'm not one to give up easily, but I really couldn't finish this book. The story plodded along, I couldn't connect with the characters and the whole thing just felt very disconnected from reality - yet not interesting enough to be considered quirky. I was expecting more witty banter and wry observations but unfortunately I was disappointed.
update: i don't like the story at all and i haven't continue yet. Just thinking of finishing it make me throw this book!
Born in Moline, Illinois, Johnson's recent books include L'Affaire (2004), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997) for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards gold medal for fiction.