Missy Schwartz
October 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

L'Affaire

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Diane Johnson
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C

Like ”Le Divorce” and ”Le Mariage,” Johnson’s latest is an unabashed love letter to a fictional France in which everyone is an Oh la la, mon Dieu!-exclaiming aristocrat whom crass Americans can only dream of emulating. Without a single compelling character (see ”Le Divorce”’s wry Isabel) to manage the messy plot (Alpine avalanche, adultery, and — snore! — British vs. French inheritance laws), the book is as flat and forgettable as a day-old crepe.

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