Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452285637, 340pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2004
When two of the hotel's guests, esteemed English publisher Adrian Venn and his much younger American wife, Kerry, are swept away by an avalanche, Adrian's children young, old, legitimate, illegitimate assemble in Valmeri to protect their interests.
Amy, already suspect because she is American, steps in to assist, and unintentionally sets in motion a series of events that spotlight ancient national differences, customs, and laws. Filled with love, sex, death, and travel, L Affaire is Diane Johnson at her very best in a comedy of contemporary manners played out between the sexes as they stumble over cultural barriers and slam into cultural stereotypes.
"Immensely amusing… devilishly on target." —The New York Times Book Review
"[Johnson] whips up an international confection in which each flavor remains distinct, the comedy high, the suspense sharp." —Los Angeles Times
"Full of tip-top invention [and] lightness of touch that has nearly disappeared from literary fiction, comic or otherwise…a pleasure." —The Atlantic Monthly