This image is the cover for the book Crush


This debut novel of a Frenchwoman’s obsessive affair is “a little book that astonishes, by the fierceness of its outlook, the rawness of its tone” (Magazine Littéraire).

Amélie is a thirty-year-old haute bourgeoisie wife of a distant husband and mother of two picture-perfect daughters. One evening at a service station on the outskirts of the Bois de Boulogne, she meets a man named David and immediately steps into a new life of erotic sensuality. Twenty years her senior, darkly handsome, and almost embarrassingly virile, he is a suave filmmaker, a confirmed bachelor, and the perfect match for the perfect affair—but one with a twist.

Amélie is not the typical lonely wife, starving for affection. Capricious, snobbish, and sometimes deceitful, she is ravenously hungry for pleasure. Written with cool-headed intensity and sexual heat, Crush is an unforgettable odyssey through the wilds of desire into the badlands of erotic obsession.

Cécile de La Baume, Ramona Desfleurs

Grove/Atlantic, Inc.