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The Inconsolable (Les inconsolés)

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Original Language: French | 320 pp. | January 2020

2 Seas Represents: North American, Dutch and Nordic rights

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A pure product of French meritocracy and a living embodiment of social mobility, Lise overcomes her mixed-race, modest roots to gain a place at a college that should open up every door for her. But the young woman is also a romantic at heart and a devotee of fiction, which offers an endless refuge and contains all the vicissitudes of human experience, and so it is love at first sight when she first lays eyes on Louis and throws herself body and soul into a relationship with him.

A product of the grande bourgeoisie, the handsome and ambitious Louis wears his family and social heritage proudly and confidently follows the path traced out for him in life, seduced by the capricious charms of Lise. Their affair initially plays out like a fairy tale but is soon undermined by the nagging and tenacious background music of emotionally starved childhoods and the refrain of impossible rapprochements and insuperable differences. And soon enough, dark clouds descend on their romantic idyll.