Author(s): Delphine de Vigan
Winner of Le Prix Renaudot 2015
Winner of Le Prix Goncourt des Lyc ens 2015
Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L.
L. embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine's vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine's identity, both as a writer and as an individual.
This sophisticated psychological thriller skillfully blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and artifice. Delphine de Vigan has crafted a terrifying, insidious, meta-fictional thriller; a haunting vision of seduction and betrayal; a book which in its hungering for truth implicates the reader, too--even as it holds us in its thrall.
Delphine de Vigan is the author of bestselling No and Me, it was awarded the Prix des Libraires in France, in Britain it was a Richard & Judy selection. Her other novels include Nothing Holds Back the Night which won the Prix FNAC and the Grand Prix des lectrices de ELLE, Underground Time was shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize in 2009. D 'apr s une histoire vraie is a French bestseller and has won both Le Prix Renaudot and Le Prix Goncord des Lyceens 2015. It is currently being adapted for a screenplay by Roman Polanski and Olivier Assayas. She lives in Paris.
George Miller is the translator of Nothing Holds Back the Night, No and Me and Underground Time. He is also a regular translator for Le Monde diplomatique 's English-language edition, and the translator of Conversations with my Gardener by Henri Cueco and Disordered World by Amin Maalouf.