Good Minds Suggest: Tatiana de Rosnay's Favorite Books About Forbidden Love

Posted by Goodreads on July 7, 2015
Tatiana de Rosnay

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Why do we always want what we can't—or shouldn't—have? Tatiana de Rosnay dives headlong into the taboo subject of infidelity, exploring the ties that bind—and break—in A Paris Affair, her new collection of short stories. Here she is focused on not one affair but 11, teasing out the humor and the humanity from each story with wit and heart-wrenching authenticity. De Rosnay, who wrote the 2007 international bestseller Sarah's Key, and more recently the historical novel The House I Loved and the contemporary mystery The Other Story, grew up in the suburbs of Paris and alternately writes in French and English. She shares her favorite books about passion beyond the bounds of marriage.

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
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"This is a haunting story about a woman who learns that her husband has died in a crash. She then discovers that he had a secret life—and another love."


Be Mine by Laura Kasischke
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"Sherry is a respected college professor, happy with her husband of 20 years, until she receives an anonymous Valentine's Day note in her locker. This will wreak havoc in her private life and open forbidden gates. How far will she go?"


Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
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"This touching novel is one of my favorites, the impossible and secret love story between Lady Chatterley and Mellors, her crippled husband's gamekeeper. D.H. Lawrence describes passion and sexuality beautifully; he had originally called this novel Tenderness, and when you read it, you understand why!"


The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
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"Maurice and Sarah, two neighbors, were involved in an adulterous love affair during WW2 and the Blitz. Sarah, riddled with guilt, decides to break off the relationship. But two years later, her husband is determined to find out the truth. The description of wartime London and the agony of illicit love are both riveting."


Other Women by Evelyn Lau
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"Fiona had an affair with a married man, who has finally decided to return to his wife. This poignant and gripping novel describes what it is like being the other woman and explores the obsession and pain involved in the aftermath of an affair."





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message 2: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Have read 3 out of 5 of these and I would say she is 'spot on'! Will be checking out the other two very soon


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I would add Mercy to this list. I am a fan of Jodi Picoult so in my opinion, the affair was wonderfully written - but I hated watching it unfold! Difficult to "enjoy" but definitely a worthwhile read.


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