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Irene Berman-Vaporis 1305 29th of April 2013 by editor 29th of April 2013
The Suitors

Review by Irene Berman-Vaporis

When Laure and Marie discover that their parents are planning to sell their beloved summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, the two sisters decide that they must find a way to save it. They invite a series of rich suitors each weekend, hoping to entice one into marriage, who would then be able to buy the property. Set in Cap d’Antibes, this novel explores the world of the French high-society—a world where the epitome of good manners means “to speak frivolously of serious things and seriously of frivolous ones.” Although at L’Agapanthe the rules of social etiquette are of utmost importance, it is not long before oblivious guests commit serious faux pas. Laure and Marie detest the snobbish excess that their super-rich neighbours flaunt, and are thus careful to label 200-foot yachts as “boats”, shave sable coats to look like mink, and refuse to own jet skis. The two, although extremely wealthy, prize traditional class and modesty and are desperate to save the dying lifestyle of refinement they enjoy at L’Agapanthe. The novel is a delicate comedy of manners with a few splashes of romance. The plot meanders along without anything of major importance occurring, but does give an in-depth look into a society that most people can only dream of joining. It’s no page turner, but The Suitors is a pleasant beach read for anyone who wants an invitation—and the dinner menu—to the detailed lifestyle of the old-world French elite.

The Suitors is published by Other Press

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