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Publication Date: Feb 22, 2022

160 pp


List Price US: $14.99

ISBN: 978-1-59051-110-7

Trim Size: 5.00 x 7.48 x 0.44 in.


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Geography of an Adultery

A Novel

by Agn├Ęs Riva Translated by John Cullen

“Intriguingly oblique…a beguiling portrayal of desire.” —Publishers Weekly

“The grounded emotional intelligence on display is well worth the reader’s investment.” —Booklist

“A fresh perspective [on affairs]…wholly original…Riva’s emphasis on place over character makes this debut notable.” —Necessary Fiction

“The focus of Agnès Riva’s compelling novel, Geography of an Adultery, is not on an affair but on the impact of place. Who we are is defined by where we are. Through the eyes of Ema, the reader feels the tension between passion and pulling back, between desire and the fear of being caught. Ultimately, the terrain explored is of a woman’s needs, a couple’s clandestine fantasies, and the shifting boundaries within relationships.” —Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library

“Agnès Riva masterfully charts the dangerous contours of an illicit affair in this taut, thrilling novel. Geography of an Adultery examines intimacy and performance, solitude and freedom, and the porosity between self, space, and other.” —Sanaë Lemoine, author of The Margot Affair

“Reminiscent of Annie Ernaux, Agnès Riva’s cool, crisply written debut charts the course of an affair with prose so perfectly precise and unyielding, you know you are in the hands of an exceptionally talented draftswoman. Deft and unexpectedly witty, Geography of an Adultery operates like a blueprint, mapping the boundaries of a midlife affair—the ache of obsessive love, the headiness of clandestine encounters—exploring the shifting balance of power between two lovers, from car seat trysts to hotel bathrooms. Meticulously paced, this wry exploration of desire (and its limits) has moments of such brilliant bathos I laughed out loud.” —Ellie Eaton, author of The Divines

“With precision and economy, Agnès Riva stirs up an uneasy and affecting novel that lives in the tension between constraint and abandon. As it depicts the quotidian, often ridiculous territory of an affair, Geography of an Adultery ingeniously maps one woman’s inner world.” —Deborah Shapiro, author of The Summer Demands and The Sun in Your Eyes

“A powerful, gorgeous first novel.” —Diacritik

“[Riva’s prose] borrows from the nouveau roman as well as forensic pathology…remarkable.” —L’Obs

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