Anna and Louise could be sisters, but they don’t know each other. They are both married with children, and for the most part, they are happy. On almost the same day, Anna, a psychiatrist, crosses paths with Yves, a writer, while Louise, a lawyer, meets Anna’s analyst, Thomas. Love at first sight is still possible for those into their forties and long-married. But when you have already mapped out a life path, a passionate affair can come at a high price. For our four characters, their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down by the deliciously inconvenient arrival of love. For Anna, meeting Yves has brought a flurry of excitement to her life and made her question her values, her reliable husband, and her responsibilities to her children. For Louise, a successful career woman in a stable and comfortable marriage, her routine is uprooted by the youthful passion she feels for Thomas.
Thought-provoking, sophisticated, and, above all, amusing, this novel from Oulipo writer Herve Le Tellier captures the euphoria of desire through tender and unflinching portraits of husbands, wives, and lovers.
Hervé Le Tellier is a writer, journalist, mathematician, food critic, and teacher. He has been a member of the Oulipo group since 1992 and one of the “papous” of the famous France Culture radio show. He has published fifteen books of stories, essays, and novels, including Enough About Love, Electrico W, and The Sextine Chapel.
“Enough About Love is awfully cute. It is also absorbing and witty, and the more impressive for its formal constraints.” —Lorin Stein, Harper’s Magazine
“What could be more romantic than falling in love in Paris? Unless you are
already married, in which case it’s a little more complicated, as in
Hervé Le Tellier’s Enough About Love …Le Tellier writes about middle-aged desire and its consequences with empathy and humor.” —Washington Post
“It is a complicated novel, artfully told and translated and eerily familiar, the way love stories so often are.” —Los Angeles Times
“At least as intriguing as how the French make their bread taste so good is
how they manage all those extramarital love affairs they’re said to
have.” —The New York Times
“It’s a French intellectual sex romp, an updated Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice if they had Lacan, Queneau, and Barthes on their analysts’ shelves…Fluidly translated by Adrianna Hunter, Enough About Love graphs love’s disruptive geometries in a playful manner.” —Bomb Magazine
“The prologue warns, ‘Any man — or woman — who wants to hear nothing —
or no more — about love should put this book down.’ We’ll be surprised
if it leaves your hands.” —Daily Candy