Original title: Les fidélités
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, Frédéric 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 Littéraire
You have to read this novelist in order to understand how it is that humans love. ~ La Grande Librairie
Consumed by guilt, a husband and father forces himself to make an impossible choice between his wife and his mistress.
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.