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He Was Right Beside Me (Lui à deux pas de moi)

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Original Language: French | 224 pp. | January 2020

2 Seas Represents: North American, Dutch and Nordic rights

NOVEL

Marguerite and Roger Vialle lead a loving, contented and frugal home life within the walls of their modest little farm surrounded by fields. The only luxury within their reach is the sea a few miles away. Roger is a manual worker who passionately loves his wife and his two children: the gifted Martin and Jeannette, who looks set to turn out as beautiful as her mother. The only cloud in their simple, peaceful and happy existence emanates from the elderly Pauline, Marguerite’s mother, who is privy to a secret involving Martin.

To please his beloved wife, who is more susceptible than him to seductive dreams of grandeur, Roger takes IT courses and embarks on a new career. The family moves into town and starts to rub shoulders with the well-to-do. Told through the gaze of a child lost in admiration and affection for her father, this is the story of the descent into hell of a modest and united family whose dreams of social betterment ultimately corrupt them and tear them apart.