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It a coincidence that Gemma Bovery has a name rather like
Flaubertâ€™s notorious heroine? Is it by chance that, like
Madame Bovary, Gemma is bored, adulterous, and a bad credit
risk? Is she inevitably doomed?
Gemma is the pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery, the
reluctant stepmother of his children, and the bĂŞte noire of
his ex-wife. A sudden windfall and Gemmaâ€™s distaste for
London take them across the Channel to
Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon
Gemmaâ€™s neighbor, the intellectual baker Joubert, is
consumed by fascination for her. Denying voyeurism but
nonetheless noting every change in the fit of Gemmaâ€™s
jeans, every addition to her wardrobe, all of her love
bites and lovers, Joubertâ€”â€”with the help of the heroineâ€™s
diariesâ€”â€”follows her path toward ruin.
Adultery and its consequences. Disappointment and
deception. Fat and slim. Then and now. Familiar ingredients
of the novel are given new life in Gemma Boveryâ€™s unique
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