Books by Adriana Hunter

COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"More jaded and demanding than most American domestic tragicomedies, this novel packs a surprising emotional wallop, raising questions about the natures of passion and marriage within the context of early-21st-century French politics with references to France's Muslim veil controversy and Simone de Beauvoir."
The title perfectly captures the tone of French author Alard's second novel, which examines a marriage in crisis as if it were a working, or perhaps broken, machine. Read full book review >
THE RED COLLAR by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Rufin's novel is meticulous and orderly in its depictions of basically sympathetic characters trying to understand one another and find a common ground."
A heroic veteran of World War I faces trial for a mysterious offense. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELS OF DANIEL ASCHER by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite occasionally heavy subject matter, it's a lightweight intellectual exercise."
Lévy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling—both historical and personal. Read full book review >
ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
TWO SMALL FOOTPRINTS IN THE WET SAND by Anne-Dauphine Julliand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"Unflinching and inspirational, a parent's powerful tale of finding love and understanding beyond the senses."
A mother depicts her family's epic battle against nearly insurmountable genetic odds. Read full book review >
CLIMATES by Andre Maurois
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Stripped of its period shading, this is a sad and timeless tale of women on pedestals and the pain of loving not wisely, but too well."
In a new translation of the 20th-century French classic, wealthy Philippe Marcenat makes two attempts to find the perfect partner and fails both times. Read full book review >
ENOUGH ABOUT LOVE by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Le Tellier examines the possibilities of love after 40, and he deals with this issue with patience, understanding and bemusement."
Two love triangles (equal one love hexagon?) that reveal much—or at least enough—about love. Read full book review >
ONCE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT by Dai Sijie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2009

"Intended to celebrate the art of storytelling, this tedious work merely illustrates the perils of authorial self-indulgence."
A scroll containing a Buddhist sutra written in an unknown language causes no end of trouble in Sijie's meandering novel (Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
NOIR by Olivier Pauvert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"This debut import would be even more unsettling if Kafka and Orwell hadn't gotten there first."
A brutal crime sends a young Frenchman on a surreal journey to find out if he committed it. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER & ALESTRIA by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"The power of the author's previous historical fiction came largely from a meticulous sense of historical detail missing in this artifice, which never comes to mythological or fictional life."
Beijing-born novelist and painter Shan Sa (Empress, 2006, etc.) imagines the life of Alexander the Great in terms of his impassioned love affair with an Amazon warrior queen. Read full book review >
CHEZ MOI by Agnes Desarthe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2008

"Reading groups in search of spirited discussion would do well to choose this complex and satisfying tale."
An original story of midlife transformation. Read full book review >
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA by Valérie Zenatti
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The overall effect is one of a haunting relationship that will help teens understand both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Fiction. YA)"
When a bomb explodes at a nearby café on the evening of the tenth anniversary of a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, Tal, a 17-year-old Israeli girl, decides to reach out to a Palestinian neighbor. Read full book review >
THE UNFORESEEN by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Eccentric, elusive and at times explosively funny. A lucid allegorical gem."
If Eugène Ionesco had written Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," he might have produced something very like this terse, teasing novel Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE ROW BEHIND by Françoise Dorner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2006

"A grim, sharp-edged look at the emotional emptiness of marital intimacy."
Winner of the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, this unsentimental account of a sexually unhappy young wife is half Madame Bovary, half The Story of O. Read full book review >
EMPRESS by Shan Sa
by Shan Sa, translated by Adriana Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity."
In sharp contrast to her tightly focused previous novel (The Girl Who Played Go, 2003), Shan Sa, the China-born French novelist and painter, has written a sweeping panoramic historical novel about the seventh century's Tang dynasty and China's only woman emperor. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS A SOLDIER by Valérie Zenatti
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Recommended for its different perspective on life in contemporary Israel. (Nonfiction. YA)"
The theme of compulsory military service for both men and women in Israel makes this author's memoir unusual. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >
THE WHITE PATH by Viviane Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Moore's descriptions of the pilgrimage's hardships are gripping, but the prose in her English-language debut is turgid Ivanhoe with a Gallic accent."
Easter 1146: After thousands of pilgrims gather for the Paschal Mass in Le Puy, France, many of them will walk, some barefoot, in deadly winter weather over the Pyrenees to the Saint Jacques de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE DORDOGNE by Louis Sanders
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2002

"Discerning readers will queue up for Book Two."
Newcomer Sanders begins a series of expatriate novels set in France's Dordogne region with the funeral of Gaston Caminade, who was crushed by an oak he was trying to fell. Read full book review >
THE SEXUAL LIFE OF CATHERINE M. by Catherine Millet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A bold, intelligent, pioneering tour de force."
The graceful, thoughtful, oddly charming, and profoundly pornographic account of a French intellectual's life of extreme sexuality. Read full book review >
FEAR AND TREMBLING by Amélie Nothomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"It ought to be even more fun as a movie."
A young Western woman's experience of culture shock and psychological panic take frantic comic form in this highly entertaining, if rather slight, prizewinning eighth novel (first published in 1999 in France) from the popular author of The Stranger Next Door (1998). Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE by Geneviève Jurgensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Jurgensen's is a powerful voice for the unbearable sadness caused by death and the courage and love it takes to live with both the pain of loss and the cherished memories."
A French mother's lyrical and haunting memoir of the deaths of her two young daughters and how she has coped with this terrible loss. Read full book review >