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Le Bal

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Le Bal by Irene Nemirovsky is out in paperback at 12.50 euros.

For the millions who loved Suite Française, this new paperback is exquisitely delightful.

Le Bal is a sharp, brittle story of a girl who sets out to ruin the mother she hates. The Kampfs have risen swiftly up the ranks of 1930s Parisian society. Painfully aware of her working class roots and desperate to win acceptance, Madame Kampf decides to throw a huge ball to announce her arrival to society.

Her daughter, Antoinette, who has just turned 14, dreams of attending but Madame Kampf is resolved not to present her daughter to potential admirers. In a fury of adolescent rage, Antoinette exacts a swift and horrible revenge.

Also in this volume is Snow in Autumn, which pays homage to Nemirovsky’s beloved Chekhov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris. As the crisis pushes the family to the brink of dissolution, Tatiana struggles to adapt to life in Paris and waits in vain for her cherished first snows of autumn.