Lie With Me
by Philippe Besson Molly Ringwald
✅ Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Already a bestseller in France and is now published in an excellent debut translation of the author and the actor Molly Ringwald, does not Lie with Me, is the award-winning author Philippe Besson masterpiece. Hailed as a ‘French Brokeback Mountain’, Besson’s semi-autobiographical novel is an intense and touching story of coming of age, of memory, and a first love that – incredibly – dare not speak its name. Packing more emotional punch in 150 pages than many novels do in twice the length, Lie with Me, it’s a book that lingers in the imagination long after the last page. Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, the odds on a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at Philippe’s teenage years, on a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and carefully timed meeting between the two seventeen-year-olds. And ‘ the beginning of a secret, intensely passionate, world-altering love story between philip and his partner, Thomas. Bright, rendered by Molly Ringwald, the critically acclaimed actor and writer, in his first translation, Besson’s exquisitely moving coming-of-age story captures the tenderness of first love – and the heart-breaking passing of time.
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