“Cécile David-Weill’s delightful novel of manners is a witty mix of wisdom and tongue-in-cheek humor touched with a decadent zest of Frenchiness. Irrésistible!” Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times best-selling author of Sarah’s Key.
“A charming peek behind the curtain of French high society as only the ultimate insider can. Cécile David-Weill’s novel is a delicious romp and I loved reading it!” Ina Garten, author of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks and TV host
“A deliciously intimate look at the hijinks of the trés, trés riches on the Cote d’Azur. I laughed on every page, but don’t be fooled. The Suitors is above all a meditation on the inevitability of change.” Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed and Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
Synopsis for The Suitors
After 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.
L’Agapanthe, a place of nostalgia and charm, is the perfect venue to exercise proper etiquette and intellect, though not all its visitors are socially savvy, especially when it’s a matter of understanding the relationships between old money and the nouveau riche. A comedy of manners begins, with stock traders, yogis, fashion designers, models, swindlers, the Mafia, and a number of celebrity guests all making appearances.
Laure—the witty, disarming, and rueful narrator—guides the reader through elegant dinners, midnight swims in the bay, witty chit chat, house guest faux pas, as well as the romantic hopes and disappointments of two sisters who, above all, care most about each other. The Suitors is an amusing inside look at the codes, manners, and morals of high society.