The Idea of Love

The Idea of Love

Book - 2009
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Richard, an English pharmaceutical representative selling psychotropic drugs in Africa, and his wife, Valérie, an unapologetic French hedonist, live in Provence next to Jeff, a brash American, and his English wife, Rachel, who is determined to save the world one child at a time. That hope is soundly defeated after trips to an African orphanage send Jeff into Valérie's arms, and Rachel's religious outbursts impede her cause. Rachel, though, isn't the only person affected by the betrayal: Richard slowly descends into a nervous breakdown and wonders if his wife ever loved him. Meanwhile, Richard and Valérie's teenage son appears to be slipping into madness.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Description: 318 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780151013852
Branch Call Number: Dean


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Sep 30, 2015

A strange and disturbing book. It takes in Africa, France, England, mental illness, drug culture of all kinds, expat life, & the search for love. There's Americans (NY), too, for good measure. Read it if you're feeling strong.

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