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A dramatic tale of murder and passion in 1930s France from the author of <b>David Golder</b> and<b> Suite Française</b>.<br><br>In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act.<br><br>With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of <b>Suite Française</b>, Irène Némirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.