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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: September 2003 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/3/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Le Divorce or Le Marriage but if you enjoyed either of these you will not be wasting you time here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/22/2014

    " This was my least favorite of the three Paris-based books that she wrote. I'm just not a fan of affair stories. I don't care how debonair and French the guy is - if he's married, he's off limits. Johnson does give a wonderful vision of Paris, though, so I cut her some slack. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/20/2014

    " A great read for the homeward bound leg of a business trip! Just for fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patience | 1/20/2014

    " Diane Johnson is kind of like a modern-day Jane Austen. Very clever observations of relationships. Plus, it's in Paris, which is always wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Spencer | 1/19/2014

    " horrible book but i have to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Currier | 1/17/2014

    " The last her "L'" books. I felt that this was the best of the group, but not great. The characters were a little more engaging this time around, and the story moved faster. But they are all total fluff reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 1/12/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as the other Johnson book that I read,k Persian Nights. A little slow, and not much happening. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 12/30/2013

    " Another great novel by Diane Johnson. A mix of cultures, romance, and insights into French and American culture. She has a style all her own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 11/23/2013

    " recommended only if you've read Le Divorce and Le Mariage; otherwise skip it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Miller | 11/20/2013

    " Interesting book but tends to be a bit too introspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 11/13/2013

    " Maybe my favorite Johnson novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbowman | 10/10/2013

    " Similar in theme to other books by Johnson (tension between Americans and members of other cultures). I do like how she mines the intricate rules and habits of different cultures to illustrate that tension. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2013

    " An intriguing study of modern manners among Europeans, in the style of Jane Austen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anastasia | 9/4/2013

    " I'm going to be honest, I couldn't finish it. It was very boring to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2012

    " one of my favorite diane johnson's novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/30/2012

    " Definitely better than Le Divorce, but still just ok. I don't think I will read any more of Diane Johnson's books even if they take place in France... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2012

    " This book was somewhat entertaining, and it was fun reading some of the perceptions of the main character, a young American in Europe for the first time. But the characters didn't really come to life for me, and so I didn't care much about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 8/13/2012

    " Awesome book...especially if you can appreciate how it makes fun of the French...totally hilarious book. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/26/2012

    " Again, I felt like this book lacked a great ending and I would have liked more about the main character. Of the series, L'Divorce is the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Wrobel | 10/25/2011

    " I actually only got through half of this before becoming too unmotivated to pick it up and finish it...enough said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hazel | 4/15/2011

    " This book was engaging and kept me interested, though it seems like something that would be turned into a Lifetime Movie. If you are interested in getting a sense of life in Paris, this is an decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/15/2011

    " Another great novel by Diane Johnson. A mix of cultures, romance, and insights into French and American culture. She has a style all her own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 12/30/2010

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as the other Johnson book that I read,k Persian Nights. A little slow, and not much happening. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/13/2010

    " This book was somewhat entertaining, and it was fun reading some of the perceptions of the main character, a young American in Europe for the first time. But the characters didn't really come to life for me, and so I didn't care much about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 11/6/2010

    " Interesting book but tends to be a bit too introspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 9/26/2010

    " trying to finish this book...about 100 pages left to go. I am finding this book not too great, don't like the plot.

    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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 9/13/2010

    " recommended only if you've read Le Divorce and Le Mariage; otherwise skip it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/3/2010

    " I actually only got through half of this before becoming too unmotivated to pick it up and finish it...enough said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/15/2010

    " An intriguing study of modern manners among Europeans, in the style of Jane Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/10/2010

    " This was my least favorite of the three Paris-based books that she wrote. I'm just not a fan of affair stories. I don't care how debonair and French the guy is - if he's married, he's off limits. Johnson does give a wonderful vision of Paris, though, so I cut her some slack. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/25/2009

    " The last her "L'" books. I felt that this was the best of the group, but not great. The characters were a little more engaging this time around, and the story moved faster. But they are all total fluff reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/22/2009

    " Her better book was Le Divorce, but I couldn't find that one on the Goodreads list. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres—essay, biography, and fiction—she is the author of a dozen novels, including Le DivorceLe Mariage, and L’Affaire. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.