Lie with me : a novel / Philippe Besson ; translated from the French by Molly Ringwald.

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      Summary: "The award-winning, bestselling French novel by Philippe Besson--"the French Brokeback Mountain" (Elle)--about an affair between two teenage boys in 1984 France, translated with subtle beauty and haunting lyricism by the iconic and internationally acclaimed actress/writer Molly Ringwald. We drive at high speed along back roads, through woods, vineyards, and oat fields. The bike smells like gasoline and makes a lot of noise, and sometimes I'm frightened when the wheels slip on the gravel on the dirt road, but the only thing that matters is that I'm holding on to him, that I'm holding on to him outside. Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he's never forgotten, a hidden affair with a gorgeous boy named Thomas during their last year of high school. Without ever acknowledging they know each other in the halls, they steal time to meet in secret, carrying on a passionate, world-altering affair. Dazzlingly rendered in English by Ringwald in her first-ever translation, Besson's powerfully moving coming-of-age story captures the eroticism and tenderness of first love--and the heartbreaking passage of time"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Arrête avec tes mensonges. English
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      BESSON, P.; RINGWALD, M. Lie with me : a novel. [s. l.]: Scribner, 2019. ISBN 9781501197871. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 set. 2020.
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      Besson P, Ringwald M. Lie with Me : A Novel. Scribner; 2019. Accessed September 28, 2020.
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      Besson, P., & Ringwald, M. (2019). Lie with me : a novel. Scribner.
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      Besson, Philippe, and Molly Ringwald. 2019. Lie with Me : A Novel. Scribner.
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      Besson, P. and Ringwald, M. (2019) Lie with me : a novel. Scribner. Available at: (Accessed: 28 September 2020).
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      Besson, P & Ringwald, M 2019, Lie with me : a novel, Scribner, viewed 28 September 2020, .
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      Besson, Philippe, and Molly Ringwald. Lie with Me : A Novel. Scribner, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Besson, Philippe, and Molly Ringwald. Lie with Me : A Novel. Scribner, 2019.
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      Besson P, Ringwald M. Lie with me : a novel [Internet]. Scribner; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 28]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2

In Besson's (In the Absence of Men, 2003) award-winning novel (120,000 copies sold in France), a middle-aged writer recalls his teenage first love, prompted by the impossible appearance of a young man who is the spitting image of his past amour. Back in 1984, the object of 17-year-old Philippe's secret (he thinks) and burning crush, a schoolmate he's never met named Thomas, shocks Philippe by asking him on a date. So begins their thrilling clandestine relationship. As he looks back, Philippe reminds readers so often of his passion for inventing stories and the fallibility of his memory that it's hard to believe he's telling anything but the truth. Discovering a therapeutic and devastating new ending to their story in the present, Philippe considers the absurd alignments that become life's defining moments. There's much book-to-film-star appeal in this moving, well-plotted tale: Elle dubbed it the French Brokeback Mountain; there's something of Call Me by Your Name's Elio in Philippe, who lives in the books he reads and writes; and actress and writer Ringwald ably translates. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 November #2

In 1984, nerdy Phillip and more conventional class-favorite Thomas, a farmer's son, ignore each other at school while conducting a passionate affair outside of class. Thomas breaks it off, but Philippe recalls all the details 25 years later when he encounters a lad who looks just like Thomas. An award winner since the 2001 publication of his first novel, In the Absence of Men, Besson is here translated by actress Ringwald, known for Eighties films about young desire.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 February #3

Besson (In the Absence of Men) rehashes familiar tropes about secret teenage gay romance in this moving but unoriginal novel. Novelist Philippe, who shares many biographical details with the author, falls into a reverie about his first experience of romance when he spots a young man who looks just like his first lover from a couple decades earlier. Philippe, a high achieving 17-year-old student, frets about being gay in 1984 Barbezieux, France. Thomas Andrieu, a much cooler student and the son of a farmer, unexpectedly approaches Philippe with an invitation to lunch. Eating far away from the crowds, Thomas boldly offers a clandestine relationship. Philippe and Thomas pass notes with places and times for their meetings and pretend to not know each other otherwise. The adult Philippe relishes the memories in richly described erotic encounters. Their initially silent trysts blossom into conversation and love, but always remain secret. Thomas abruptly leaves town after school, leaving Philippe to wonder what happened until the chance encounter with the young doppelgänger provides insights and sets the stage for a tragic culmination. Despite the predictable plot, Besson's writing and Ringwald's smooth translation provide emotional impact. Agent: Benita Edzard, Robert Laffont. (Apr.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.