Alphonse Courrier possesses all the might reasonably make a man content: a prosperous ironmonger's business and a position of respect in his Auvergne village, a dutiful, coolly beautiful wife who runs an irreproachable household, two healthy sons, and a hidden mistress - "the ugliest girl in the village but probably the happiest".
Prying eyes and wagging tongues, however, are the life force in a small community, and though Courrier thinks he can play the village gossips with the same skill he brings to the card table, life has a way of dealing the hand you least expect ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 30/08/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860469442