The Confidant

By Helene Gremillon; Alison Anderson (Translator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121565, 245pp.)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2012 Indie Next List
“Infertility and infidelity lie at the heart of this very French romance. In 1975, Camille, a young Parisian editor who has just lost her mother, receives an unusual letter of condolence, the first of a weekly series of lengthy reminiscences from an anonymous source concerning events and people in wartime France from 1939 to 1943. Is it an author with a novel method of getting an editor's attention or a bona fide memoir of prewar France? And is Camille really the intended recipient? Family secrets, unsuspected for 30 years, shake Camille to her core in this suspenseful and intricately plotted debut.”
-- Darwin Ellis, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT

"A gripping first novel" ("Le Figaro LittEraire") and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as "Suite FranCaise"

Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille's discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie's innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.

About the Author

Steven Anderson is the third generation to run his family's business, Anderson's Maple Syrup & Supplies, near Cumberland, Wisconsin. The family is considered "Maple Syrup Royalty" and Steven's father, Norman, was inducted into the American Maple Hall of Fame in 2009.

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  1. Was Louis right to share this story with Camille? Why did he wait until after her mother had died?

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