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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Editors’ Choice

The secret daughter of a French politician and a famous actress drops the startling revelation that will shatter her family in this beguiling debut novel of intrigue and betrayal.

Named One of Summer’s Best Books by The SkimmMarie ClaireLitHubSubway Book ReviewPaperback Paris

Margot Louve is a secret: the child of a longstanding affair between an influential French politician with presidential ambitions and a prominent stage actress. This hidden family exists in stolen moments in a small Parisian apartment on the Left Bank. 

It is a house of cards that Margot - fueled by a longing to be seen and heard - decides to tumble. The summer of her 17th birthday, she meets the man who will set her plan in motion: a well-regarded journalist whose trust seems surprisingly easy to gain. But as Margot is drawn into an adult world she struggles to comprehend, she learns how one impulsive decision can threaten a family’s love with ruin, shattering the lives of those around her in ways she could never have imagined.

Exposing the seams between private lives and public faces, The Margot Affair is a novel of deceit, desire, and transgression - and the exhilarating knife-edge upon which the danger of telling the truth outweighs the cost of keeping secrets.

©2020 Sanaë Lemoine (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A stunning debut, simmering with tension and sensuality. This jewel of a novel examines the in-between spaces in life.... A mesmerizing story by an important new voice." (Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me)

“An extraordinary, gorgeous novel. With exquisite precision and insight, The Margot Affair builds to an unexpected heat." (Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew)

“Astonishing...Sanaë Lemoine is fearless and almost unbearably tender in her exploration of all the ways we both exalt and wound one another.” (Stacey D’Erasmo, author of Wonderland

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  • Pandora Johns
  • 2020-08-01

Bad narration

Returned because of the narrator. Painful to listen to, breathy and childish, sounds nothing like a soigne Parisian teen.

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  • Mary R.
  • 2020-07-08

The end of adolescence

This was an excellent book. The narrator sounded young and nervous, like the main character, Margot.

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  • Rebeca Ramirez
  • 2020-09-25

Does she hate females?

This book has a flimsy plot filled with females being catty with each other and body image issues. Not a feminist's choice. Shocking the author is herself a woman.

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  • lorinh
  • 2020-07-30

Fabulous

Great writing great Performance excellent summer listen! Makes you feel like you are a teen in Paris

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  • David Keuning
  • 2020-07-15

Glimpse into Parisian life

There was some fine writing in the story, but I was left unfulfilled by Ms Newhouse’s breathless performance. While I enjoyed the details of French life (school, Parisian neighborhoods, cooking, etc), I could not get past the delivery. In short I disagree with the choices made by the performer. Each line is spoken with timidity and delivered with a breathless giggle as if she’s uncertain of what she’s saying.