By Georges Simenon
"The Widow" is the story of two outcasts and their fatal encounter. One is the widow herself, Tati. Still young, she's never had an easy time of it, but she's not the kind to complain. Tati lives with her father-in-law on the family farm, putting up with his sexual attentions, working her fingers to the bone, improving the property and knowing all the time that her late husband's sister is scheming to kick her out and take the house back.
The other is a killer. Just out of prison and in search of a new life, Jean meets up with Tati, who hires him as a handyman and then takes him to bed. Things are looking up, at least until Jean falls hard for the girl next door.
"The Widow" was published in the same year as Camus' "The Stranger," and Andre Gide judged it the superior book. It is Georges Simenon's most powerful and disturbing exploration of the bond between death and desire.


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Publisher New York Review of Books
Publish date 03/25/2008
Pages 152
ISBN-13 9781590172612
ISBN-10 1590172612
Language English