The Fair for Fiancés

Original title: La foire aux fiancés

Publication Date:

April 2023



Original language and publisher

French | Les Escales

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Historical Fiction

The Fair for Fiancés

Original title: La foire aux fiancés


A novel about a haunted time, where ghosts invade those who return and their families.

Paris, October 1913. Germaine and Louise meet at school for the first time. This is the beginning of an ardent friendship, which is hard hit by the Great War. Fathers leave, mothers stay with their daughters. This war, which tears bodies and minds apart, makes Germaine nauseous. Louise is passionate about the country and its soldiers who risk their lives for her. Years go by, bloody. Some come back, some do not.

In 1924, on the island of La Grenouillère, in Chatou, a “fiancé fair” was organized to form couples who would “give life to the homeland”. They look at each other, they brush against each other. The two friends are part of the party. All eyes are on Louise. Especially those of Ferdinand, whose cheek barred with a scar, is a reminder that the war continues long after the silence of the weapons.