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It a coincidence that Gemma Bovery has a name rather like
Flaubert’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 bęte noire of
his ex-wife. A sudden windfall and Gemma’s distaste for
London take them across the Channel to
Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon
Gemma’s neighbor, the intellectual baker Joubert, is
consumed by fascination for her. Denying voyeurism but
nonetheless noting every change in the fit of Gemma’s
jeans, every addition to her wardrobe, all of her love
bites and lovers, Joubert——with the help of the heroine’s
diaries——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 Bovery’s unique
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