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An Accident in August Paperback – August 30, 2011
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The author imagines the driver to be Louise Origan, a young woman on her way home from work at a restaurant in Paris. Panicked when the Mercedes crashes, Lou never stops. "I was running away. It was my foot that decided, or fear, in any case something that isn't like me." It is not until the next morning that she learns who the victims of the crash are, and though she may have contemplated going to the police to admit involvement in what she thought at first was an "ordinary" accident, she realizes that "there was no way she could go to the police now." The media circus would affect her life forever.
Over the next few days, Lou is consumed with guilt, but at the same time she is doing everything she can possibly do to avoid being identified, eventually making herself sick with worry. Two weeks after the accident, the by-now terrified Lou makes some dramatic decisions and then acts, her self-protective behavior so shocking (and unrealistic) that it cannot be described without involving spoilers. It is this behavior and its consequences which form the bulk of the novel.Read more ›
You see that Europa Press might want to follow the astounding success of Cossé's A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by rushing a new translation of this earlier novel to print. But despite Europa's typically distinguished presentation, I cannot imagine this interesting many of the fans of the later book. Yes, there were elements of suspense and detection there too, but that novel was held together by the author's deep love of books and appreciation for the people who write, read, and sell them. This, by contrast, is a book entirely without anchor. Lou has very little except her panic; not only is she flat as a character, she seems to exemplify a type of helpless female that (thank goodness) one seldom sees any more in fiction.Read more ›
This book isn't great, but it isn't really bad, either. The main character, a 25 year old woman named Louise or "Lou" as she prefers to be called, lives with a boyfriend she seems semi-fond of and works in a restaurant in Paris. One night, August 31st, 1997, while driving home, in her white Fiat Uno, after a late night at work, she is sideswiped by a large, speeding, black Mercedes in the Alma tunnel. She's driving the speed limit, she's bumped by the Mercedes, and she drives off after witnessing the accident. Only later that morning does she hear who the victims were of the accident. Scared that she will be associated with the case, she gets the car fixed at a local garage, and tries to go about her business. But things aren't working out too well either personally or professionally for Lou, and life really goes to hell after she's accosted and basically kidnapped by a worker at the local garage who puts "damaged white Fiat Uno" and "young woman driver" together to come up with Lou. He abducts her and tries to sell her story to Paris-Match and run off with the money. She is able to put paid to her abductor and her life resumes, though in some radically changed way.
Okay, the basic problem is that the real "Lou" probably wouldn't have behaved as this fictional one does in Cosse's book.Read more ›