The Idea of Love
By Louise Dean
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151013852, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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When a cluster of expatriate families converges on Provence, it seems as if sunshine, good wine, and an endless round of parties will make for a better life. Then Richard, a pharmaceutical salesman married to sexy Valérie, lands a plum assignment: introducing antidepressants into Africa, virgin territory for the drug industry and for the womanizing he has honed to a science. And idealistic Rachel finds herself Africa-bound too, in search of a little brother or sister for her daughter, Maud, and following some deeper longing she can’t seem to quell.
For both Richard and Rachel, the excursions will lead them into their own private heart of darkness, and will bring shock waves home to their little Eden, unsettling the very idea of love.
LOUISE DEAN lives in France. Becoming Strangers, long-listed for the 2004 Man Booker Prize and winner of the Betty Trask Award, is her first book.
"An acute, cynical wit…An unforgettable study of the dark side of the mind."--The Times (UK)
"A dark and thought-provoking tale of what happens when dreams crack at the seams… This dares to say what nobody else will about marriage. Written with bite and edge, it will force you to question if anyone is capable of being faithful …"--Eve (UK)