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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Johnson Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Amy Hawkins, a young dot-com executive from California who has made her fortune at the top of NASDAQ, overhears a pair of elderly and thus much wiser socialites decry the new generation for their incompetence in all things worldly, she sets off for Europe to find culture, her roots, and maybe a cause to devote her considerable fortune to. Amy starts her quest at one of the finest small hotels in the French Alps (a hotel noted for skiing and its famous cooking lessons) in the town of Valmeri.

A few days into her trip, Amy is nearly swept away by an avalanche (started, some say, by low-American warplanes). Two of the hotel's guests, esteemed English publisher Adrian Venn and his much younger American wife, Kerry, were not as fortunate as Amy. Both lie comatose in a nearby hospital. Learning that French and English law dictate a very different division of money depending on where Adrian dies, Adrian's children (young, old, legitimate, and illegitimate) assemble in Valmeri to protect their interests should he not pull through.

Amy, already suspect as an American, finds that her nationality freezes the social climate as she steps in to assist the family. In her innocence, Amy sets in motion a series of events in France and England that spotlight ancient national differences, customs, and laws. Add one or two small affairs that may topple carefully balanced alliances, and soon it is as the French say, a situation.

Hailed as witty, delicious, nuanced and fresh by book critics across the country, Diane Johnson has composed her most amusing and insightful character to date in young Amy Hawkins. A contemporary masterpiece sure to entertain, L'Affaire is a perfectly drawn comedy of manners abroad. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy Hollister | 2/12/2014

    " I have enjoyed other books by Diane Johnson (Le Divorce). I love the integration of French language into the story. Amy, the American who has made her money from the dot com industry finds herself embroiled in difficult life situations for which she is a suspect. I am curious to see how Diane manipulates the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/8/2014

    " one of the only books i've never finished. it was boring and didn't seem like anything was happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexia | 2/5/2014

    " it's no le divorce - but it was charming in a sappy chick lit kind of way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bookshop | 2/4/2014

    " A pleasant beach read: simple storyline with engaging pace throughout. I was initially attracted by the illustration, as with all D. Johnson's books. "

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