Set in Paris, LE DIVORCE is an alluring and elegant comedy of love and divorce French-style. Isabel Walker, a young, not-so-innocent, American abroad, arrives in Paris to find that her sister's French husband ('the frog prince') has just walked out. While Isabel embarks on her own sentimental education - seduced by gourmet food, antiques, existentialism and an older man - her sister's marriage disintergrates into bitter Franco-American wrangles over money, titles and a mysterious painting. With a sharp tongue and an ironic eye for the foibles of the Parisian bourgeoisie, the French art world and American ex-patriots, Isabel is a collector of experience, even those she can't control. Comedy veers suddenly close to tragedy as passionate jealousy, self-interest and artistic intrigue interweave.
Halfway through the book, the pace and cohesion really dropped off. I skimmed the rest of the book and find myself being disappointed with the conclusion. The final chapter read especially disappointing.
What is this fuckery?! Hello, female essentialism. How this novel ends up becoming a trope-reliant coming-of-age narrative while heavily commenting on the Bosnian War astounds me. Like a couple of Goodreads reviewers, I think I'll be skimming the rest of this one.
KateFulfordAuthorIf you run out...?! If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more.2y