Isabelle in the Afternoon

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Before Isabelle I knew nothing of sex.

Before Isabelle I knew nothing of freedom.
Before Isabelle I knew nothing of life.

Paris in the early Seventies. Sam, an American student, meets a woman in a bookshop. Isabelle is enigmatic, beautiful, older and, unlike Sam, experienced in love’s many contradictions. Sam is instantly smitten – but wary of the wedding ring on her finger.

What begins as a regular arrangement in Isabelle’s tiny Parisian apartment transforms into a true affair of the heart, and one which lasts for decades to come.

Isabelle in the Afternoon is a novel that questions what we seek, what we find, what we settle for – and shows how love, when not lived day in, day out, can become the passion of a lifetime.

‘The absolute master of love stories with heart-stopping twists’ THE TIMES

‘Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global
affairs’ OBSERVER

© Douglas Kennedy 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • [A]tmospheric tale…It’s a touching exploration of passion untested by domesticity

    Mail On Sunday
  • Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global affairs

    Observer
  • Beautifully written and emotionally gripping, this compelling love story will stay with you

    Candis
  • Isabelle in the Afternoon is a devastatingly stunning novel…It is a very sensual tale portraying the intensity of a love, the ferocity of a passion filled with loss and regret. Emotional, poignant, intoxicating, beautiful

    Swirl and Thread
  • Beautifully written […] will resonate with anyone who’s ever been in love

    Heat

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