The Serpent's Bite-E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc

Titre original
  Pique-nique en Sologne

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  Titre de la traduction The Serpent's Bite
Editeur E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
Lieu d'édition New York
Année de l'édition 1961
Année du copyright 1960 (Julliard); 1961 pour la traduction anglaise (William Collins & Co, Ldt., Londres)
Langue Anglais
Genre Roman
Publisher's presentation
In The Serpent's Bite Christine Arnothy demonstrates once again that she is indeed one of France's most talented and accomplished young writers. She tells the tightly knit story of a spoiled French beauty who, having left the man she loved to marry a richer man, must meet her lover again, twenty-five years later, under circumstances which reveal to her the sham of the life she has chosen.

Yvette Gramont has two passions in life - her son and the preservation of her looks. Her husband, Gerard, is the kind of man who likes an ordered life, and he too has turned to his son for gratification as the one who will carry on his line and take over his factory. Then Gerard by chance runs into Yvette's former lover and invites him to a family outing along with their son Philippe and his new bride. The return of her lover and the coy presence of her son's pretty young wife prey on Yvette until, distraught, she impulsively acts to save her pride.

Written with Miss Arnothy's usual economy, sharp observation of people and moods, and with a strong dramatic sense, The Serpent's Bite excitingly captures a situation that explodes in a shattering climax.
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