At once sexy and feminist, this is a story of a woman who decides to fight for her marriage after her husband confesses to an affair with a notable politician. Juliette, a computer engineer, and Olivier, a journalist, have two young children and the busy lives of a modern Parisian couple. On a beautiful spring day, while sitting by the river watching her children play, Juliette’s cell phone rings. "It is her husband." When Olivier confesses to having an affair, Juliette’s world is shattered. How do you survive betrayal? Can a couple ever be united again? What lengths would you go to in order to save your marriage? These are the questions that this novel, with great intelligence, honesty, and humor, tries to answer. In its acute depiction of intimacy, Couple Mechanics exposes the system of forces at work in a marriage, the effects of the inevitable ebb and flow of desire, and the difficulty of being a man today. (Other Press)
About Nelly Alard:
Nelly Alard is a French born actress, scriptwriter, journalist as well as an award winning author whose last novel, Moment d’un Couple (Prix Interallié 2013) (Eng.tr. Couple Mechanics, 2016 ) received rave reviews in major magazines and radio stations both in France and the United States. With touches of humor and thriller suspense, Nelly Alard focuses on the sentimental crisis of a typical couple of Parisian professionals with young children who must face the moment when responsibilities replace the romance, and when passion must be replaced by will. A striking and satiric exploration of an intimate drama, this novel also has a broad social resonance: “C’est fascinant, c’est comique, c’est terrible.» (Bernard Pivot)
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