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Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel

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Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father --- a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye --- for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. But the arrival of her late mother's best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl's pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cécile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart...with tragic, unexpected consequences.

The internationally beloved story of a precocious teenager's attempts to understand and control the world around her, Françoise Sagan's BONJOUR TRISTESSE is a beautifully composed, wonderfully ambiguous celebration of sexual liberation, at once sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.

Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel
by Françoise Sagan

  • Publication Date: June 17, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • ISBN-10: 0061440795
  • ISBN-13: 9780061440793