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The Alphonse Courrier Affair by Marta Morazzoni

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Alphonse Courrier possesses all that might reasonably make a man content: a prosperous ironmonger's business and a position of respect in his Auvergne village, a dutiful coolly beautiful wife who runs an irreproachable household, two healthy sons, and a hidden mistress - "the ugliest girl in the village but probably their happiest". Prying eyes and wagging tongues however are the life force in a small community and though Courrier thinks he can play the village gossips with the same skill he brings to the card table, life has a way of dealing the hand you least expect...

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