ORIGIN OF EVIL, THE
The story follows Stéphane, a woman in her forties who lives in financial precarity working in a local fish canning factory. When her living situation takes a turn for the worse, she decides to get back in touch with her estranged father, Serge. Stéphane discovers Serge is an incredibly wealthy man with a massive estate, and is surrounded by women in his life who hate him and try to undermine her.
Stéphane reinvents herself as an entrepreneur in order to impress her new family, and attempts to ingratiate herself with Serge’s wife and stern oldest daughter, who remains deeply suspicious of Stéphane’s motives. Stéphane slowly realizes that Serge may not be the genial patriarch she thought he was, and her own past, one that she thought was locked away, is slowly catching up to her as well.
The Origin of Evil is an exhilarating skewering of the decadent excesses of the aristocratic class and those who aspire to be among them.
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