In Unforgivable, a mesmerizing literary thriller, the sudden disappearance of famous actress leaves her father's life in disarray.
Translated from the French by Euan Cameron
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: March 9, 2010
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The Basque landscape is a delightfully sinister setting for
the taut and cinematic Unforgivable, the #1
bestseller from French novelist Philippe Djian. Francis, a
sixty-year-old author, has not written a word in the twelve
years since his first wife and eldest daughter died in a
tragic accident. Now his surviving daughter, Alice, a famous
actress, has vanished, leaving her husband and twin
daughters clueless as to her whereabouts. Francisâ€™s second
marriage of ten years, to Judith, is also falling apart, and
his distress is compounded by his anxiety over Aliceâ€™s
disappearance. He finds comfort in the company of an old
friend, Anne-Marguerite, along with her son, JĂ©rĂ©mie, a
laconic criminal attempting to remake himself in the outside
world. But when Francis employs them to uncover evidence of
his second wifeâ€™s affair and to help find his daughter,
things go from bad to worse.
An exquisite storyteller
and prose writer, author Djian "has no equal . . . as the
interrogator of the relationships that bind human beings
together" (Vogue, France). A mesmerizing literary
thriller, Unforgivable is full of setbacks and
revelationsâ€”an unsettling and starkly elegant meditation on
family bonds, betrayals, and reconciliation.
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