Isabelle in the Afternoon
Douglas Kennedy

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Narrated By: Thomas Judd

Duration: 9 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

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Before Isabelle I knew nothing of sex.

Before Isabelle I knew nothing of freedom.
Before Isabelle I knew nothing of life.


Paris in the early Seventies. Sam, an American student, meets a woman in a bookshop. Isabelle is enigmatic, beautiful, older and, unlike Sam, experienced in love's many contradictions. Sam is instantly smitten - but wary of the wedding ring on her finger.

What begins as a regular arrangement in Isabelle’s tiny Parisian apartment transforms into a true affair of the heart, and one which lasts for decades to come.

Isabelle in the Afternoon is a novel that questions what we seek, what we find, what we settle for - and shows how love, when not lived day in, day out, can become the passion of a lifetime.

‘The absolute master of love stories with heart-stopping twists’ THE TIMES

‘Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global
affairs’ OBSERVER

© Douglas Kennedy 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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[A]tmospheric tale...It's a touching exploration of passion untested by domesticity

Mail On Sunday

Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global affairs

Observer

Beautifully written and emotionally gripping, this compelling love story will stay with you

Candis

Isabelle in the Afternoon is a devastatingly stunning novel...It is a very sensual tale portraying the intensity of a love, the ferocity of a passion filled with loss and regret. Emotional, poignant, intoxicating, beautiful

Swirl and Thread

Beautifully written [...] will resonate with anyone who's ever been in love