On seeing a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love, a famous writer is thrown headfirst into the vivid memory of his teenage coming of age in sleepy rural France. This is a beautiful and tender story that feels deeply personal and heartfelt. Filled with the intense, life-altering joy of discovering love for the first time, as well as the hurt and heartbreak caused by repression and shame, this triumph of a novel is elegantly translated by Molly Ringwald.
- Martin Shannon, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
THE NO.1 FRENCH BESTSELLER AND WINNER OF THE MAISON DE LA PRESSE PRIZE
'Stunning and heart-gripping' Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name
'A beautiful, shattering novel about desire and shame, about passionate youth and the regrets of age' Olivia Laing, bestselling author of Crudo and The Lonely City
Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe's teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds. It's the start of a secret, intensely passionate, world-altering love affair between Philippe and his classmate, Thomas.
Dazzlingly rendered by Molly Ringwald, the acclaimed actor and writer, in her first-ever translation, Besson's exquisitely moving coming-of-age story captures the tenderness of first love - and the heart-breaking passage of time.
'It has been years since anything moved me as much as Lie With Me. It will become a classic.' Jonathan Coe, bestselling author of Middle England
'An intense, unforgettable novel, alive with the ache of longing and loss.' Sarah Waters, bestselling, award-winning author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith
'A deeply moving depiction of first love, both tender and elegiac.' John Boyne, bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky and The Heart's Invisible Furies