Can you believe it? “Mon Cher Stagiaire” (“My Dear Intern”), is the first erotic 100% French novel to be published in France! And the publisher, Calmann-Levy, is none other than the original publishing house of Balzac and Proust. This scandalous bit of literary history did not go unnoticed by the Calmann-Levy heirs, who are still minor shareholders.
There is nothing for the publishing house to be ashamed of, as young publisher Tiffany Gassouk puts it: “We wanted to publish a book where role models are different from the usual imported male chauvinist type”.
The heroine is not the usual innocent young thing in her early twenties, but a glamorous French woman in her 40's, with a rich emotional backstory. Sex is explicit, but never vulgar, embedded with literary references and humor. It's a well written page turner, and before you can finally put it down you’ll learn everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about... champagne.
Anouk Laclos, too young to be a widow at 42, inherits her husband's champagne's company. She has to confront her inlaws who are not ready to give up power to someone who doesn't belong to their family circle. She hires a trainee, Andrew a young American student in his twenties, who turns out to be one of the few persons she can trust. She initiates him to the art of managing – and other arts as well, culminating in a trip through to Italy and Scotland that mixes more pleasure than business. The intern will prove to be a very good pupil -- and not only of the art of making champagne
A good story to adapt to screen... and to make you regret that you're not fluent in French. Ooh la la!