RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN
The reinvention happens when Arab Samir Tahar feels he is being discriminated against in the job market so he uses his best friend’s name and family history and says he is Jewish. He rises high in the world of criminal law. He is smug, smart and determined to be the best, richest, most envied man on the planet.. He isn’t a lovable person but he is fascinating. It begins to fall apart when his childhood friend, Samuel, sees him on TV and sees how wealthy and powerful he is. Samuel lives at poverty level in France. He is extremely bitter about his own life, his wife’s long ago affair with Samir, and about Samir stealing his name and history. Samuel, the failure, writes a bestselling novel and the truth starts to come out. It doesn’t take long for Samir to start falling from the top of the heap. Translated from the French, I started out thinking I would just read a few pages and then finish it ‘one of these days’. Well, it hooks you right off the bat and I read it in two days. Karine Tuil’s has a powerful command of language and it was a pleasure to read her words.
— From Staff Recommendations
An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, The Age of Reinvention
is a suspenseful Gatsbian tale of a famous New York lawyer whose charmed and glamorous life is a sham.
"With a lie you can go very far, but you can never go back.
" -Anonymous Proverb
Elite Manhattan criminal defense attorney Sam Tahar seems to have it all: fame, fortune, good looks, an enviable marriage to a prominent socialite, and two wonderful children. But his life is a house of cards; everything that he has achieved stems from a single lie he told in a moment of weakness.
Because Sam Tahar isn't who he pretends to be.
He grew up Samir Tahar, born into a poor Muslim family crammed inside a grimy Paris apartment tower, destined for a life on the margins, until one day he decided destiny would not have its way with him. "He was going to cut through the bars of his social jail cell, even if he had to do it with his teeth."
Samir clawed his way to law school, where he became fast friends with Jewish student Samuel Baron. The two were inseparable until the alluring Nina, torn between the men, ultimately chose Samuel, the weaker of the two. Determined as ever to make something of himself, Samir left for America, chopped off the last two letters of his name and adopted Samuel's life story and origins for his own. His former friend remained stuck in a French suburb, a failed, neurotic writer seething at Samir's triumphs, still bound to an increasingly resentful Nina.
Twenty years later, the three meet again. Now, all their fates hang in the balance as their tangled love triangle collides headlong with the complex realities of life at the start of the twenty-first century. Called "a masterful novel...unquestionably one of the season's best" (Paris Match
) and "a work of great magnitude" (Le Figaro
), The Age of Reinvention
is an intriguing, vital, darkly humorous tale about the wonderful possibilities and terrible costs of becoming someone else.