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Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

"Rumor has it 18-year-old Francoise wrote Bonjour Tristesse in a matter of days from her bed. Okay, it was months (only a few) and she might not have written it in bed. But I like to imagine her that way: tossing pages from her typewriter to the floor between sips of coffee, a cigarette smoldering in the ashtray at her side while perfect lines of dialogue snap from her fingers. A lovely, painfully incisive story of a girl still caught in her childhood despite her worst impulses, Bonjour Tristesse is the perfect summer read."

Jillian K.

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Author Francoise Sagan
Publisher Harper Collins
Publication Date 2008-06-17
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Jillian K.
Type New
ISBN 9780061440793

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father—a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. But the arrival of her late mother's best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl's pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cécile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart...with tragic, unexpected consequences. The internationally beloved story of a precocious teenager's attempts to understand and control the world around her, Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse is a beautifully composed, wonderfully ambiguous celebration of sexual liberation, at once sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.

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