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Lie with me : a novel
2019
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The Advocate 's Best Gay Novel of 2019
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
O, The Oprah Magazine 's Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019
The Wall Street Journal' s Ten Books You'll Want to Read this Spring
Out 's Best Queer Books of April 2019
TheSkimm 's LGBTQ+ books to celebrate Pride

THE #1 FRENCH BESTSELLER

"Stunning and heart-gripping." --André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name

The award-winning, bestselling French novel by Philippe Besson--"the French Brokeback Mountain " ( Elle )--about an affair between two teenage boys in 1984 France, translated with subtle beauty and haunting lyricism by the iconic and internationally acclaimed actress/writer Molly Ringwald.

We drive at high speed along back roads, through woods, vineyards, and oat fields. The bike smells like gasoline and makes a lot of noise, and sometimes I'm frightened when the wheels slip on the gravel on the dirt road, but the only thing that matters is that I'm holding on to him, that I'm holding on to him outside .

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he's never forgotten, a hidden affair with a gorgeous boy named Thomas during their last year of high school. Without ever acknowledging they know each other in the halls, they steal time to meet in secret, carrying on a passionate, world-altering affair.

Dazzlingly rendered in English by Ringwald in her first-ever translation, Besson's powerfully moving coming-of-age story captures the eroticism and tenderness of first love--and the heartbreaking passage of time.
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In Besson's (In the Absence of Men, 2003) award-winning novel (120,000 copies sold in France), a middle-aged writer recalls his teenage first love, prompted by the impossible appearance of a young man who is the spitting image of his past amour. Back in 1984, the object of 17-year-old Philippe's secret (he thinks) and burning crush, a schoolmate he's never met named Thomas, shocks Philippe by asking him on a date. So begins their thrilling clandestine relationship. As he looks back, Philippe reminds readers so often of his passion for inventing stories and the fallibility of his memory that it's hard to believe he's telling anything but the truth. Discovering a therapeutic and devastating new ending to their story in the present, Philippe considers the absurd alignments that become life's defining moments. There's much book-to-film-star appeal in this moving, well-plotted tale: Elle dubbed it ""the French Brokeback Mountain""; there's something of Call Me by Your Name's Elio in Philippe, who lives in the books he reads and writes; and actress and writer Ringwald ably translates.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2019 Booklist
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