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Enough About Love by Hervé Le Tellier
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Sep 08, 2011

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Read from September 13 to 15, 2011

Two Parisian shrinks -- Anna, 40-something with a couple of kids and an eminent physician husband, and Thomas, 40-something but still single following the suicide of a young love -- are about to leave the cool realm of the psychoanalyst's chair and fall into a hot pit of emotional upheaval that shatters their happy lives. Anna falls for Yves, a celebrated and single writer, while Thomas falls for Louise, a human-rights lawyer with a couple of kids and an eminent scientist husband. In spare yet evocative prose, Le Tellier recounts the affairs from start to finish -- the early trysts, the introductions to the children, the cuckold's discoveries and civilized attempts to confront the other man. Le Tellier is an experimental writer, interested in finding new ways to tell stories, and I did not find these characters emotionally engaging. But while emotional engagement is necessary to make me passionate about a novel, skillful writing also draws me in, and Le Tellier is a skillful writer. The paired affairs begin similarly -- married women pursued by unmarried men -- but end quite differently, and while the reader who follows their trajectories through this book won't be thrilled as the pages pass, most will be satisfied when they reach the end.

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