Originally published Thursday, September 5, 2013 @ 2 p.m. – Please join the Ivy Bookshop for a book reading and signing by Cecile David-Weill on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. The author will discuss her new novel, The Suitors, a comedy of manners about two sisters determined to keep their family’s beloved summer house – by any means necessary. The book is part of The Ivy’s Front Table Series, which features book readings and signings with writers whose works are among the most compelling reads in the shop and are displayed on the front table.
About the Book
After Laure and Marie learn of their parents’ plan to sell the family’s summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, they devise a scheme for attracting a wealthy suitor who can afford to purchase the estate. Selling it would mean more than just losing a place to go for the summer – for the sisters, it’s become a necessary part of their character, their lifestyle and their past.
L’Agapanthe, a place of charm and nostalgia, is the perfect venue to exercise proper etiquette and intellect, though not all of its visitors are socially savvy, especially when it’s a matter of understanding the relationships between old money and the nouveau riche. The comedy of manners begins: with stock traders, yogis, fashion designers, models, swindlers, the Mafia and a number of celebrity guests.
The Suitors is an amusing, disarming and poignant insider’s look at the codes, manners and morals of French high society.
About the Author
Cecile David-Weill is French and American. She published her first novel, Beguin (released in English as Crush), under the name of Cecile de la Baume and is also the author of Femme de. Cecile is also a regular contributor to the online French news magazine Le Point, with a column entitled “Letters from New York.” She was born in New York, where she currently resides.
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