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The setting is a small, bourgeois house in provincial France at the beginning of the 20th Century. Victoire lives a mundane and boring existence with Anselme, who leaves her for Celeste, the young housekeeper. When Celeste falls pregnant, Victoire swallows her pride and adopts the child. Family secret-wise, all seems safely hidden under wraps. Except…hidden love affairs transpire, but not the ones we might expect.  A stronger passion than “one might say.” A subversive and universal story penned by a gorgeous writer.

Amours by Leonor de Recondo

A novel, Sabine Wespieser, 2015

When he was a child, François-Xavier always kept a book in the pocket of his jeans. However, for the first decade of his working life, he put his love of books aside to embark on a successful career in human resources. At age 34, deciding that life was too short not enjoy every moment of it, François-Xavier quit his position, moved to Toulouse, and opened his own bookstore. Six years later, while L'Autre Rive was thriving in the Pink city, François-Xavier heard that the French Embassy was looking for someone to run a future bookshop, and he moved to New York in August of 2013. The fine selection of books on display at Albertine is a reflection of his hard work.
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