Winner of the Prix Renaudot
Shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt
Elisabeth is a woman whose curiosity and passion far exceed the borders of her quiet middle-class life. She befriends a neighbor, organizes a small dinner party. And then, quite suddenly, finds herself embarked with him on an adventure that is one part vaudeville and one part high tragedy. A quiet novel of manners turns into a police procedural thriller. Her motivations for risking everything she has are never transparent. In a world where matters of life and death are nearly always transported to a clinical setting, whether it be a hospital or a courtroom, here each character must confront them unassisted. A truly original and masterful novel from one of the world's most inventive and daring artists.
Playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza's work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Her play ART was the first non-English language play to win a Tony Award, CONVERSATIONS AFTER A BURIAL, THE UNEXPECTED MAN, and LIFE X 3 have all been award-winning critical and commercial successes internationally, and GOD OF CARNAGE, which also won a Tony Award, was adapted for film by Roman Polanski. A new play, BELLA FIGURA, premiered in Germany in May 2015. Her fiction includes HAMMERKLAVIER, DESOLATION, and ADAM HABERBERG. Reza lives in Paris.A longtime fiction editor at The New Yorker magazine, Linda Asher (translator) has translated Victor Hugo, Balzac, Simenon, Kundera and many other writers. She has been awarded the Scott Moncrieff, the Deems Taylor, the French-American/Florence Gould Translation Prizes, and is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.