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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Any man—or woman—who wants to hear nothing—or no more—about love should put this book down," warns Le Tellier in this complicated tale of the romantic lives of four Parisians. Anna Stein and Louise Blum have never met, but their lives are comparable: both are married with children, settled and reasonably happy, until, within days, each one meets a man who will upset the equilibrium of their lives. Anna, a doctor married to a doctor, comes under the spell of a free-spirited writer, Yves Janvier, while lawyer Louise, whose husband is a mild-mannered scientist, falls for Anna's analyst, Dr. Thomas Le Gall. Comedy and pathos ensue as the cast of wives, husbands, and lovers struggle to reconcile their values with their passions. "Desire will not allow for simple explanations," Le Tellier observes as he skillfully weaves a tapestry of his characters' adventures. "When you don't know where you want to go, it doesn't matter which path you take," Anna decides as she contemplates a difficult decision, the dilemma that these four very real, very flawed, and very likable people all face. A touching and thought-provoking study of attraction, responsibility, and love. (Feb.)
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Enough About Love is awfully cute. It is also absorbing and witty, and the more impressive for its formal constraints.” —Lorin Stein, Harper’s Magazine
 
 “What could be more romantic than falling in love in Paris? Unless you are already married, in which case it’s a little more complicated, as in Hervé Le Tellier’s Enough About Love …Le Tellier writes about middle-aged desire and its consequences with empathy and humor.” —Washington Post

“It is a complicated novel, artfully told and translated and eerily familiar, the way love stories so often are.” —Los Angeles Times

“At least as intriguing as how the French make their bread taste so good is how they manage all those extramarital love affairs they’re said to have.” —The New York Times

“It’s a French intellectual sex romp, an updated Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice if they had Lacan, Queneau, and Barthes on their analysts’ shelves…Fluidly translated by Adrianna Hunter, Enough About Love graphs love’s disruptive geometries in a playful manner.” —Bomb Magazine

“The prologue warns, ‘Any man — or woman — who wants to hear nothing — or no more — about love should put this book down.’ We’ll be surprised if it leaves your hands.” —Daily Candy

“This is a book about love, certainly, but it is also a book about love stories, and the way in which those stories play out according to their own logic. Watching Hervé Le Tellier conduct that process as he leads his characters in and out of love, one is reminded that literature, too, is an affair of the heart.” —World Literature Today
 
“A wise and witty writer, [Tellier] brings Parisian flair to this tale of romantic entanglement.” —BookPage

“A touching and thought-provoking study of attraction, responsibility, and love.” —Publishers Weekly

“Two love triangles (equal one love hexagon?) that reveal much—or at least enough—about love… Le Tellier examines the possibilities of love after 40, and he deals with this issue with patience, understanding and bemusement.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Both thoroughly complex and utterly simple...Middle-aged romance has rarely seemed so intriguing.” —Booklist

“Elegantly constructed, and with humor, wit, and touching honesty, Hervé Le Tellier tells a classic love story tweaked with a modern sensibility. I loved this intelligent and beguiling French novel, infused with that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ and a pleasure to read from the first page to the last.” —Katharine Davis, author of Capturing Paris

“A grab bag of luminous angles and viewpoints of the kaleidoscope of love.” —Marie Claire (France)

“If there was to be only one quintessential 'French novel' this fall, it should be this one.” —Elle (France)

“A novel that's full of surprises and strikes out against banality, cliches, and platitudes.” —Lire 

Kirkus Reviews

Two love triangles (equal one love hexagon?) that reveal much—or at least enough—about love.

The first complication d'amour involves Thomas Le Gall, a psychiatrist in Paris. He waits for Anna Stein, one of his patients for 12 years and now finally getting ready to end her therapy. Toward the end of this session, she impulsively blurts out that she's recently met Yves Janvier, a writer whom she finds intriguing. Le Gall duly notes this information and then a few hours later is struck by an erotic thunderbolt of his own in the form of Louise Blum, a lawyer whom he meets at a party and who could be Anna's "blond twin." Louise is married to a prominent scientist, Romain Vidal, whom she's beginning to find lackluster and boring, while Anna is married to Stan, a prominent ophthalmologist. And while both family situations are complicated by children, amatory instincts begin to overtake the better judgment of the adults. Anna and Yves begin an affair, as do Thomas and Louise. French authorLe Tellier occasionally and cleverly crosses the threads of his dual plot—e.g., by having Anna and Louise meet each other accidentally while shopping for clothes. And of course Anna makes her developing relationship with Yves (and deteriorating relationship with Romain) part of her confessional sessions with Le Gall. Tellingly, at one point she says, " 'if I stay with Yves, I'll have the life I'm dreaming of,' " which Le Gall repeats as, " 'The life you're dreaming of. You're dreaming.' " Yves writes a short book based on his liaison with Anna Stein (Forty Memories of Anna Stein), which Le Tellier incorporates as part of his novel.Meanwhile, Romain sets up an appointment with Le Gall under an assumed name and uses this occasion to let the psychiatrist know that Romain is not in the dark about the affair Le Gall is engaged in with his wife.

Le Tellier examines the possibilities of love after 40, and he deals with this issue with patience, understanding and bemusement.

Yvonne Zipp
Le Tellier writes about middle-aged desire and its consequences with empathy and humor.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590513996
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 960,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Tender, clever, virtuose

    Read it in three hours on a plane. Found it so cute and clever I got another one to offer my 23-year old daughter.

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