Quand une vie ordinaire devient extraordinaire Philadelphie. Au premier jour du printemps 2010, Agatha sort de prison, mais pas par la grande porte. Après trente ans derrière les barreaux, il ne lui restait que quelques années à faire. Alors pourquoi cette évasion ? Dans une station-service proche du campus, elle s'invite à bord de la voiture de Milly et l'entraîne dans sa cavale sans rien lui révéler de sa situation. Dotée d'un irrésistible appétit de vivre, Agatha fait voler en éclats la routine confortable de Milly. Vingt ans les séparent, mais au fil du voyage les deux femmes partagent ces rêves qu'il n'est jamais trop tard pour réaliser et évoquent ces amours qui ne s'éteignent pas. Cinq jours en voiture à travers les États-Unis... À chaque étape, une rencontre avec un personnage surgi du passé les rapprochera du secret d'Agatha. Jusqu'où devons-nous aller dans notre quête insatiable du bonheur ? À quoi ne faut-il jamais renoncer ? Dans ce roman, Marc Levy réaffirme notre besoin inconditionnel de liberté et nous fait aussi découvrir un pan méconnu de l'histoire américaine.
If Only It Were True
Author: Marc Levy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? What starts off as a dilemma that Arthur is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment, becomes a heartwarming love story.
In Another Life
Author: Marc Levy
An extraordinary story of love and vengeance in the international art world... A fast-paced and gripping tale... An extraordinary story of love and vengeance in the international art world... A fast-paced and gripping tale... Jonathan and Anna are in the final stages of planning their Bostonian high-society wedding, when Peter, an auctioneer for Christie's and Jonathan's best friend, calls with news that will change all of their lives. He has just been informed that a small London art gallery has come in to possession of five canvases by the 19th century artist, Vladimir Radskin. Jonathan, the world's foremost expert on Radskin, immediately understands the significance of the information. If the gallery indeed has five paintings, then the collection could very well include Radskin's final canvas - a painting that has become legendary ever since it went missing in mysterious circumstances before its public unveiling in 1868. For Jonathan, who has spent the last twenty years of his career searching for this painting, its discovery and authentication would finally establish the under-appreciated Radskin as a true master. For Peter, whose recent auctions have come under fire from the critics, an ensuing high-profile sale would represent an opportunity to salvage his career. When Jonathan meets Clara, the owner of the London gallery, he is overwhelmed by a dizzying sense of déjà-vu. But in the desperate rush to authenticate the fifth painting, he simply puts this strange feeling down to their shared passion for the late Russian painter. He and Clara are both convinced that this breath-taking painting is Radskin's mythical last work, but they need proof: for The Young Girl in the Red Dress is unsigned. Their quest takes them from a gallery in Piccadilly to a paint workshop in Florence, from a laboratory in the Louvre to a mysterious manor in the English countryside. The more Jonathan and Clara uncover about Radskin's last painting, the more they discover about themselves: three very different lives, three inextricably intertwined destinies, caught in a race against time. "His writing flows, it is elegant and fast paced... In Another Life is Romeo and Juliet, set in today's modern world . It's dense, beautiful, and just as tragic.' - Paris Match "His stories make us dream, his writing fills us with emotion.' - Elle
Décryptez Une autre idée du bonheur de Marc Levy avec l’analyse du PetitLitteraire.fr ! Que faut-il retenir d'Une autre idée du bonheur, le quinzième bestseller de Marc Levy ? Retrouvez tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette œuvre dans une fiche de lecture complète et détaillée. Vous trouverez notamment dans cette fiche : • Un résumé complet • Une présentation des personnages principaux tels que Agatha Greenberg et Milly Greenberg • Une analyse des spécificités de l’œuvre : Caractéristiques du roman de voyage, Le style simple, mais accrocheur de Marc Levy et Un road-trip centré autour de l’amour et de la liberté Une analyse de référence pour comprendre rapidement le sens de l’œuvre. LE MOT DE L’ÉDITEUR : « Dans cette analyse d'Une autre idée du bonheur (2015), avec Sybille Mortier, nous fournissons des pistes pour décoder ce quinzième bestseller de Marc Levy. Notre analyse permet de faire rapidement le tour de l’œuvre et d’aller au-delà des clichés. » Juliette Nève À propos de la collection LePetitLitteraire.fr : Plébiscité tant par les passionnés de littérature que par les lycéens, LePetitLittéraire.fr est considéré comme une référence en matière d’analyse d’œuvres classiques et contemporaines. Nos analyses, disponibles aux formats papier et numérique, ont été conçues pour guider les lecteurs à travers toute la littérature. Nos auteurs combinent théories, citations, anecdotes et commentaires pour vous faire découvrir et redécouvrir les plus grandes œuvres littéraires. LePetitLittéraire.fr est reconnu d’intérêt pédagogique par le ministère de l’Éducation. Plus d’informations sur http://www.lepetitlitteraire.fr
Author: Marc Levy
On the morning of July 9th 2012, New York Times investigative reporter Andrew Stilman is jogging along the Hudson River when he feels a sudden, sharp pain in his lower back. He collapses in a pool of blood. When he regains consciousness, it's May 7th 2012—exactly two months earlier. From that moment on, Andrew has sixty days to uncover his murderer. Sixty days to find out who wants him dead and why. From New York City to Buenos Aires, Andrew embarks on a gripping race against time. By turns funny and heartrending, this page-turner builds up to a mind-blowing denouement.
This Perfect Day
Author: Ira Levin
Publisher: Open Road Media
By the author of Rosemary’s Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World—Ira Levin’s frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication. The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.” The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night. With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin’s most haunting novels.
Author: Marc Levy
He strove for an ideal love... She simply loved him... When they were growing up, Susan and Philip meant everything to each other. In the spirited optimism of their youth, they swore that they would love each other forever - even if their lives forced them apart. She had plans to fight poverty in Central America, while he would try to make it in Manhattan. Philip made a promise: whatever happened to Susan, he would always be there for her. Little did he know that this promise would transform his life - that keeping it would mean opening his heart to an unwanted stranger, to someone who would first shatter his world, but would ultimately bring everything together. In a fast-paced and masterfully woven story, where nothing turns out as expected, in a tale that takes you from the eye of a hurricane to the depths of a soul, insightful and moving, Marc Levy pays tribute to the triumph of love. "A great love story that unravels between New York and Honduras; so enjoyable that you can't help but read it all in one go.' - Elle
They've tried to destroy each other for centuries, but they've failed... So God and the Devil plan a contest to finally decide who will rule eternity: each will send their top candidate to earth. The champions will have seven days to draw mankind towards good or evil, respectively. God picks his favorite angel, a ravishing young woman named Zofia. Lucifer picks Lucas, a male demon with devilishly good looks. The battlefield: present day San Francisco. The winner will rule mankind forever after: they have seven days for an eternity. Neither God nor the Devil could foresee that the two rivals, unaware of the other's identity, would cross paths from the very start of the contest. Nor did they imagine that they could fall in love... "A love story that is both funny and moving...' - Le Parisien
"On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she's an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband-the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend's restaurant. Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia's relationship status is 'complicated.' Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay 'just friends.' A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?"--Back cover.
Author: Paulo Coelho
If you want to learn about yourself, start by exploring the world around you. Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous “Death Train” to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. Paulo’s travels take him farther to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam filled with young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense, meditating and playing music, while discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness, and the search for an inner truth. There he meets Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on the journey in the company of fascinating fellow travelers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a personal transformation, changing their priorities and values along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship: a life-defining love story that awakens them on every level and leads to choices and decisions that will set the course for their lives thereafter.
A remarkable story of struggle and survival in World War II by France's No. 1 bestselling novelist
Four Parisians--including a starving artist, her shy and aristocratic neighbor, the neighbor's obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother--share unexpected twists of fate that connect them to one another. By the author of Someone I Loved. Original. 40,000 first printing.
The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember. Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health. So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie's future self, so she can remember everything from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime-crush Stuart, a gifted young writer home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood friend Cooper, and the ridiculous lengths he will go to make her laugh. The memory book will ensure Sammie never forgets the most important parts of her life--the people who have broken her heart, those who have mended it--and most of all, that if she's going to die, she's going to die living. This moving and remarkable novel introduces an inspiring character you're sure to remember, long after the last page.
When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers – by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn’t? Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable—even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but. The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother—a chilly high-society beauty—is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre. Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too. Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life. With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.