A man and woman from polite society are drawn to one another. Gilles, whose wife wants a divorce, meets Pauline while taking his daughter to school. While their mutual friends sit and chat about life’s finer pleasures, little by little Gilles and Pauline attempt to find the answers to the uncertainties surrounding their respective lives through well-chosen words and indirect queries. Pauline, a faithful wife who is four months pregnant, allows herself this one affair. Years later, their paths cross at a café terrace where they sit and talk for one last time. Alice Ferney’s narrative is subtly revealed above the noise of conversations in which destinies are intertwined and then undone, and lives are formed and then destroyed. Nominated for this year’s Prix Femina and Prix Médicis.
Alice Ferney : Alice Ferney is the author of Le ventre de la fée (1993), L’Elégance des veuves (1995) and Grâce et dénuement, which won the 1997 Prix Culture et Bibliothèques, all with Actes Sud.