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Fidelities (Les fidélités)

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Original Language: French | 176 pp. | January 2014

2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.

Rights Sold: Brazil (Lazuli), Catalan (Edicions 62, at auction), Estonia (Eesti Raamat), Germany (DTV), Italy (Sonzogno), Poland (PWN), Romania (Nemira), Spain (Salamandra, at auction).

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the French can be funded by the Centre national du livre in Paris.

Four reprints so far – over 15,000 copies sold! Read the raving French reviews here.

LITERARY FICTION

Consumed by guilt, a husband and father forces himself to make an impossible choice between his wife and his mistress.

“A portrait like a mirror exploded into fragments, in which we’ll all recognize ourselves a bit, whether we’re the one who cheated or who got cheated on, or neither one or the other, since this large internal conflict – wanting everything and nothing at the same time – is characteristic of our time…” ~ Elle Magazine

“With this interior monologue, the author avoids all cliches. Splendid” ~ Version Femina (LES FIDELITES is their “Coup de Coeur”)

“LES FIDELITES is full of those small details that make a novel successful” ~ Le Figaro Magazine, Frederic Beigbeder

“Surgical and implacable, LES FIDELITES is reminiscent of the autobiographical “Intimacy” by Hanif Kureishi, the dissection a disintegrating  a couple. Except that, surprise! this monologue […] is the work of a young 33-year-old woman. Diane Brasseur, who works as a continuity girl in cinema, has retained from her day-time job a sense of detail and a taste for flashbacks.” ~ Le Point

“A married man is cheating on his wife… [Diane Brasseur] succeeds to captivate the reader in this novel that has some elements of a psychological thriller. ~ Le Figaro Litteraire

A few hours before taking off with his family to celebrate Christmas, the narrator isolates himself in one of the rooms of his house, and forces himself not to leave until he has made a decision. This 54-year-old husband and father has been living between Marseilles and Paris, between his wife and his mistress. This double life is not like him. He must choose.

Will he leave his wife and start a new life with the young Alix, like many men of his age do? Or will he terminate this relationship to protect his wife and daughter, his family life that he loves so much?
Locked in this room, he goes over the past couple of months: his meeting with Alix, a sense of youthfulness, his first lies, his growing feeling of guilt-settling in an adulterous relationship. Many men are satisfied with a double life, but he doesn’t: he loves his wife, he loves Alix, but he does not love infidelity.

A tour de force: this interior monologue of a mature man has a rare
accuracy, and is written by a young debut author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Franco-Swiss author Diane Brasseur was born in 1980. She grew up in Strasbourg and received part of her education in England. After studying cinema in Paris, she becomes a scriptwriter and shoots, among others, with Albert Dupontel, Olivier Marchal and Abd Al Malik.

She lives in Paris and regularly visits the Palais Royal gardens, public pools, local libraries, the Musée d’Orsay and the felt-covered bars of the grands hôtels.

She loves good wine and flowers. She has a knack for lists, emails and text messages, which she applies herself to as if she were “writing letters.”

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Poland (PWN), Italy (Sonzogno), Catalan (Edicions 62), German (DTV / pocket edition), Estonia (Eesti Raamat), Brazil (Lazuli), Spain (Salamandra Ediciones), Romania (Nemira)