"Irène Némirovsky is the literary discovery of the decade" (Sunday Times
"Slender, but engrossing, novel... Némirovsky's subtle twist and typically jewelled prose presents the glittering enormity of Gladys, an unsympathetic but vividly realised character who dominates this tale in a fascinating portrait of paranoid self-absorption" (Financial Times
"Nemirovsky's tale of a woman on trial for shooting her young lover rings more contemporary bells than we might think at first" (Lesley McDowell The Independent on Sunday
"Fast-paced and highly dramatic, it offers a fascinating glimpse into an inter-war world of privilege, wealth and Darwinian social combat" (Simon Shaw New Statesman
A dramatic tale of murder and passion in 1930s France from the author of David Golder
and Suite Française.