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Lie with Me

A Novel
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning, best-selling 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.

©2019 Philippe Besson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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A Gem of a Book

Lie with me is one of the best short novels I've read/listened to. Lesson is an excellent writer, knows how to tell a tale of young love and desire without getting maudlin, sentimental or overemphasize the carnal aspects of a relationship. Lesson is an excellent writer, knows how to piece together a scene, write beautiful descriptions. The narration is excellent as well, and adds to the enjoyment of the book. I had to stop and catch my breath several times.

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Great Sadness

It was awfully sad ! I wanted a happily gay ending :/ Daymn! But in all, I highly recommend this beautiful novel and the audio book is well performed

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Youthful love that lingers

Loved this little story for many reasons. The struggle of being gay, but also of just youthful love in general.

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Thank you

This is an bittersweet story. The memoir brought many emotions up for me. I thank the Author for sharing his life with us.

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Recommended by André Aciman

Recommended by André Aciman on Goodreads. I immediately downloaded it and find it has the same passion in the writing as Call me by your Name had.

Much shorter and a very quick read the book is still amazing and full of passion and heartbreak.

A great LGBT* read and again the portrayal of the coming out and family acceptance that speaks right to my heart.

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  • Keith G
  • Montrose in Houston TX
  • 05-08-19

Memoir or fiction, either way it's enthralling.

If the novel, Lie With Me, is not essential reading for gay men, it is as close as one can get.

It is a story beautifully and realistically written by Philippe Besson and warmly translated from French to English by Molly Ringwald. Like Edward Louis's wonderful The End of Eddy, This story seems to walk a blurry line between novel and memoir.

This is literary fiction and not genre M4M gay romance. There are none of the stale old tropes so often used by women who are writing gay male love stories for other women.

This is a recounting of one man's recollection of a teenage romance and how the impact of that romance echoed throughout the ensuing years for both individuals.

Like The End of Eddy, this is a short novel and normally I shy away from those but the craft of the writing is so immersive and enjoyable that this is worthy investment.

I'm not going to say any more about the story itself since this type of work should be left to the author to reveal.

Since there were no reviews on Audible at the time, I went into the story completely cold and I think that made the experience all that much more important and desirable.

This is a short and very enthralling read that many of us gay men will walk away from having recognized so much of what has been written by the author.

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Beautiful story

I didn't cry until the last sentence of the story. Then I bawled like a baby. This is a good one.