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Summary

The number one French best seller and winner of the Maison De La Presse Prize  

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe's teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two 17-year-olds. It's the start of a secret, intensely passionate, world-altering love affair between Philippe and his classmate, Thomas.   

Dazzlingly rendered by Molly Ringwald, the acclaimed actor and writer, in her first-ever translation, Besson's exquisitely moving coming-of-age story captures the tenderness of first love - and the heartbreaking passage of time.

©2019 Philippe Besson and Molly Ringwald (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Stunning and heart-gripping." (André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

"A beautiful, shattering novel about desire and shame, about passionate youth and the regrets of age." (Olivia Laing, best selling author of Crudo and The Lonely City)

"It has been years since anything moved me as much as Lie With Me. It will become a classic." (Jonathan Coe, best selling author of Middle England)

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beautiful...

it was beautiful. No words.... I wish to have the courage to turn my life around when I'm happiness is gone.

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Lovely book, poor narration

I feel so dissappointed with the narration, which I found strangely mechanical, devoid of emotion. It almost ruined the book for me. I wish now that I had read it myself, which I think may have resulted in 5 stars.

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Highly Emotional

More of a self-absorbed litany about one brief period of time in a young man's life. Well translated from French though. I would have expected more of a story. Really, rather an emotional outpouring than any revelation about the friends. Sad and melancholy and depressing tale.

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Wow!

I was gripped right from the beginning. Intoxicating story, so vivid and tender. I so did not want it to end.

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One of the most moving books I’ve listened to for a long time

It’s a beautiful story written with certain simplicity and incredible lyricisms at the same time. Honest, brutally touching in a way. It’s screams a true experience by the author - you have to know love to be able to portray it this way. It might be just by longing though. And your sexual orientation doesn’t matter in the slightest. If it is work of imagination- very well done. I couldn’t put it down

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Heartbreaking

Never read anything like this before, how close to home it is. Beautifully written. I cried when I read the last sentence