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The "jubilant and exciting" saga of one prominent French family in postwar Paris, Beirut, and Saigon--an electrifying novel of passion, greed, murder, and revenge (Sandrine Bajos, Le Parisien)

The Pelletiers are a prominent French family living in 1948 Beirut. The patriarch, Louis, has built a successful business that he hopes to pass on to his eldest son. With no head for management, Jean nearly sinks the company, then marries a materialistic young woman who insists they emigrate to Paris and join high society. But there is another reason Jean must leave--he has committed a terrible crime.

Youngest son Etienne is sent to make his fortune in Saigon. There, he begins investigating a covert scheme to channel smuggled goods and cash to the Viet Minh. But the evidence he collects presents a real threat to his own life.

François, the middle brother, arrives in Paris and becomes a journalist. His career takes off when he starts covering the brutal murder of an actress that seems part of a pattern of killings. But the killer he's chasing may be closer to him than he realizes.

Eighteen-year Hélène follows her brothers to Paris seeking adventure and soon throws herself into the dissolute life of an art student. But she must grow up fast when she is called upon to travel to Indochina and continue the investigation Etienne started.

Epic in scope, and a vivid depiction of French life in the booming postwar years, The Wide World is a riveting saga that is at once gripping and classic.

ISBN-13: 9780316444200

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Publication Date: 12-05-2023

Pages: 512

Product Dimensions: 9.29h x 6.06w x 1.65d

Pierre Lemaitre is a French screenwriter and novelist of international acclaim. He has won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger three times for his thriller Alex. In 2013, Lemaitre's novel The Great Swindle won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award, and it was adapted for film in 2017. He lives in Paris.