The child Jeanne Valois lost her family, her home, and her fortune to the greed of an influential aristocrat. Now grown into a proud young woman of rare beauty and exceptional wiles, she has gained entrance to the court of Louis XVI and exquisite, reviled queen Marie Antoinette through an expedient marriage, seeking restitution for what was stolen from her. But Jeanne de La Motte-Valois's entreaties have fallen on deaf royal ears, inflaming her desire for justice...and vengeance.
In an era of excessive splendor, squalor, and cruelty, amid the myraid intrigues, both dangerous and erotic, that swirl around the powers of France, the brilliant stratagems of a woman wronged will eclipse all others as infamy, tragedy, and death loom in the shadows of a conspiracy that begins with a breathtaking vision of diamonds and gold...and ends with revolution.
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About the Author
A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Affair of the Necklace, although sometimes hard to follow, is a quick and easy read. Anyone in middle school or older could easily read this book with only a few misunderstandings of what happens. Elizabeth Hand is a very complex writer, but she conveys the story in a way that is interesting and full of detail. She takes you back to the 18th century during the affair and makes you feel like you are a part of everything. I liked this book because it was full of action. Although there was no fighting, there was a lot of drama and suspense. I got sucked into this book right from the beginning. I connected with the main character Jeanne and it felt like she became a part of me. The think I liked most about this book was that it was relatable. All the relationships between characters were just like a relationship of any kind today. They go through up and downs together and sometimes there’s hardships that can’t be overcome. Just like in today’s society, relationships are a hard thing and you really have to work on them to be successful. I would recommend this book to a variety of people but mostly to middle school and high school students. If you are interested in history, this is a great book for you. Although the book itself is historical fiction, it relates so closely to the affair that did actually happen. Overall this book was surprisingly enjoyable to read. I am not a huge fan of history but this book was a good choice in my opinion. The one thing about this book that I don’t like is that it is hard to follow in some places, but once you go back and reread, it becomes clear as to what is happening. I am glad I chose this book to read and many others should have the pleasure of reading this book.