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Le Divorce; Audio Cassette Unabridged

Le Divorce; Audio Cassette Unabridged

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by Diane Johnson, Bebe Neuwirth
     
 

Imagine the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady sporting a stylish haircut, miniskirt, and sunglasses, and you have Isabel Walker, the heroine of this incandescent novel.

Le Divorce follows this smart, sexy American abroad as she arrives in Paris to visit her stepsister Roxy, whose marriage into an aristocratic French family has assured

Overview

Imagine the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady sporting a stylish haircut, miniskirt, and sunglasses, and you have Isabel Walker, the heroine of this incandescent novel.

Le Divorce follows this smart, sexy American abroad as she arrives in Paris to visit her stepsister Roxy, whose marriage into an aristocratic French family has assured her of a coveted place in Parisian society. But Roxy's husband has just left her for the Czechoslovakian wife of an American lawyer. Could 'le divorce' be far behind?

This bestselling novel — a delightful comedy of manners and morals, money, marriage, and murder — is as wickedly funny as it is deeply insightful. At the center of it all is the irrepressible Isabel — captivated by Paris and a handsome, worldly French diplomat — and trying to keep her perspective as cultures and human passions collide.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The voice of Tony Award-winning stage and film actress Neuwirth, who is well known for her Emmy-winning role as Dr. Lilith Crane on the television sitcom Cheers, embodies the wry humor and sarcastic wit of Johnson's accomplished coming-of-age tale. Pretty, young Isabel Walker, a California film school dropout, heads to Paris to help her pregnant, poet stepsister, Roxy, whose husband has just left her and their three-year-old daughter for another woman. Ostensibly there to "babysit" and support Roxy through her crisis, Isabel becomes embroiled in plenty of dramas along the way, including an affair with an elderly relative, a family fight over a valuable painting and a climactic scene at EuroDisney. Neuwirth's dry tone and sharp narration bring out the humor in this National Book Award nominee. While Johnson has an undeniable knack for capturing character quirks, satirizing the expatriate experience and detailing amusing "American imperfections," it is Neuwirth's vocal abilities that truly draw out all the warmth and weirdness of Isabel's voyage. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
If Henry James were writing now, would his Americans in Paris be like this? Isabel Walker is in her mid-twenties, living in hometown Santa Barbara, still trying to find herself. Her older stepsister Roxane calls from Paris for help when her French husband, Charles-Henri Persand, leaves her, six months pregnant, and their toddler daughter. Roxy is nearly suicidal, so Isabel readily flies off to Paris to provide whatever assistance is needed. In addition to being the au pair for her niece, Isabel soon finds various jobs among the American colony in Paris: packing toiletries as a relief project for women in Sarajevo; assisting a famous writer with her personal papers. She also engages in a love affair with Charles-Henri's 70-year-old uncle, an urbane and charming diplomat. Meanwhile, the divorce proceedings are delayed because a painting that Roxy brought into the marriage turns out to be extremely valuable. Roxy and Isabel's parents arrive in Paris, fiercely protective of their daughters and ready to take them back to California. The differences between the Walkers and the Persands are obvious to the observer, if not so apparent to Isabel and Roxy. A shooting and hostage-taking at EuroDisney provides a sobering and surprising climax. Bebe Neuwirth reads wonderfully, with precise pronunciation of the many French words and a welcome absence of fake accents. A good choice for popular collections.-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060523466
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged, Cassettes
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.06(h) x 2.67(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Johnson is the author of many works of fiction and non-fiction including Le Mariage, Fair Game, and Lesser Lives. She is a two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Bebe Neuwirth is a veteran of stage and screen, won a Tony® Award for her part in Sweet Charity and an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Lilith Crane on Cheers. She can also be seen in the feature film version of Le Divorce.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Paris, France, and San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1934
Place of Birth:
Moline, Illinois
Education:
B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1968

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