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We might think Summer is conducive to easy-to-read best-sellers, beach books, love stories which end well and gripping thrillers. Not true. Literary news for this summer season brings a scathing denial of this preconception with the publication of new work from four talented authors. For his seventh novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the unforgettable author of American Psycho, returns to Clay, the main character from Less than Zero, the Californian’s first novel. Set in imperial suites, it is not about hotels and exceptional rooms but betrayals, murder and manipulation. A perfectly rhythmic long descent to hell, coupled with oppressive tension which should thrill lovers of this genre. Still in the United States, in New Orleans this time, where Laurent Gaudé sets the scene for his new novel. A story both tragic and full of emotion, in which the inhabitants, victims of a terrible hurricane, are abandoned to their fate and become no more than shadows of themselves. After the Sicily portrayed in The House of Scorta, an enormous literary success which received a Prix Goncourt award, in Ouragan [Hurricane] the author delivers a passionate reflection on the exciting ambiguity of human nature as being capable of the worst horrors as well as of demonstrating the best qualities. It’s this same questioning of mankind which drives the L’insomnie des étoiles [Insomnia of the stars] by Marc Dugain. Moving on from the maimed veterans of the Great War, the hero of La Chambre des officiers [The Officers’ Ward] leads us into the Second World War, telling us the saga of a French soldier in southern Germany, as the Armistice approaches. Ignoring the advice of his superiors, the soldier attempts to discover what hides behind the disasters of war. An ultimate joy to read: L’amour est une île [Love is an island] by Claudie Gallay, author of Déferlantes [Beachcombers], which was awarded an Elle prize. A story of impossible love, a pretext for a sharp social and cultural picture, set within one of the most famous festivals in the world: Avignon.

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Frédéric Beigbeder Un roman français (Le Livre de Poche)

Claudie Gallay Les déferlantes (J’ai Lu) La Hague… C’est sur ce bout du monde à la pointe du Cotentin que la narratrice est venue se réfugier. Employée par le centre ornithologique, elle arpente les landes et observe les oiseaux migrateurs. La première fois qu’elle voit Lambert, c’est un jour de grande tempête. Elle est attirée par l’homme et son histoire. Ici, 40 ans plus tôt, le voilier de ses parents a fait naufrage, ces derniers se sont noyés, mais le corps de son petit frère n’a jamais été retrouvé. Lambert veut savoir ce qui s’est passé. La Hague... at the end of the world, at the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, this is where the book’s narrator has gone to seek refuge. Working at the ornithological centre, she wanders the moors and observes the migrating birds. She sees Lambert for the first time on the day of a huge storm, and finds herself attracted by this man and his story. Here, 40 years earlier, Lambert’s parents’ yacht sank. They drowned, but his younger brother’s body was never found and Lambert wants to know what happened. PRIX TTC 8 €

Philippe Labro Les gens (Folio) Le livre met en scène trois destins, trois vies dont le seul point commun est le manque d’amour : en Californie, Maria, jeune fille au pair d’origine polonaise violée par son beaupère. Á Paris, Caroline, 30 ans, femme d’affaires intraitable jetée par son amant et Marcus Marcus, animateur français de télévision vedette d’un célèbre show. L’auteur nous livre à travers ces trois histoires entremêlées une critique acerbe des médias et plus largement de notre société. The novel depicts three destinies, the lives of three people whose only similarity is a lack of love in their lives: in California, Maria, a Polish au-pair raped by her stepfather. In Paris, Caroline, a 30 year old business woman stuck in her ways and dumped by her lover, and Marcus Marcus, a French TV presenter and star of a famous TV show. The author delivers a scathing critique of the media and of our society as a whole through these three intertwined tales. PRIX TTC 7,70 €

Dans ce roman autobiographique (Prix Renaudot 2009), l’auteur prend pour prétexte sa garde-à-vue pour usage de stupéfiants et délit de fuite pour se replonger dans son passé et se livrer à un bilan de la quarantaine. Il revient sur son enfance bourgeoise entre les maisons de sa mère, déprimée par l’échec de son mariage, et celle de son père, homme mondain et absent. De sa vie avec son frère aîné autoritaire et fortuné, ses premières amours déçues..., tout cela sur fond de nouvelle société post-soixante-huitarde. In this autobiographical novel (winner of the Prix Renaudot 2009), the author uses his time spent in jail for substance abuse and hit and run as an excuse to submerge himself in his past and tell the story of his confinement. He takes us back to his bourgeois childhood spent between the homes of his mother and father: she, depressed after the failure of her marriage and he, a worldly and absent man. From his life with his older brother, wealthy and authoritarian, through his first disappointing romantic encounters and more... all of this as a backdrop to the new society which emerged after the 1968 social revolution in France. PRIX TTC 6,50 €

Mo Hayder Skin (Pocket) Bien que le rapport d’autopsie ait conclu à un suicide, le commissaire Jack Caffery n’est pas de cet avis. Il est persuadé que la jeune femme, dont on a découvert le corps aux abords d’une voie ferrée de Bristol, a été assassinée. Il tente de faire part de ses soupçons au sergent Flea Marley, mais celle-ci, prise dans une tragique histoire familiale, n’est pas en mesure de l’écouter. Mais ils sont loin de se douter de ce qui les attend… Un thriller parfaitement orchestré par Mo Hayder. Detective Inspector Jack Caffery does not agree at all. Although the autopsy report concluded that this was suicide, he is sure that the young woman, whose body was discovered beside a railway in Bristol, was murdered. He tries to voice his suspicion to Sergeant Flea Marley, but Flea is trapped in a family tragedy, and is in no mood to listen. But neither man can predict what happens next... A perfectly orchestrated thriller by Mo Hayder. PRIX TTC 7,30 €

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