French-American novelist Cécile David-Weill reads from her latest book, The Suitorsat Manhattan’s 192 Books. The event took place on March 5, 2013.
The Suitors is a comedy of manners that serves as an insightful look at the lives of those in the upper classes. Two sisters, Laure and Marie, learn of their parents’ plan to sell the family’s summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, they devise a scheme for attracting a wealthy suitor who can afford to purchase the estate. Selling it would mean more than just losing a place to go during the summer—for the sisters, it’s become a necessary part of their character, their lifestyle, and their past. Laure—the witty, disarming, and poignant narrator—guides the reader through elegant dinners, midnight swims in the bay, and conversations about current events, literature, art, and cinema. The Suitors is an amusing insider’s look at the codes, manners, and morals of French high society.