Two Days to Kill
Editions Anne Carrière
Antoine Méliot has two days to tell his wife. If he doesn’t, Marion will tell her. Marion doesn’t want to hide anymore. Antoine has two days to destroy his perfect family life, two days to tell his wife and his three lovely children. They will never be able to recover. They will be broken forever.
Antoine goes back home. Cécile is waiting for him, weeping. She has grown used to his being late, to his excuses. But now she knows, someone saw Antoine with this beautiful brunette. They fight, he tells her about his affair, she slaps him, everything is over. But tomorrow is Antoine’s birthday and he has to stay home — Cécile and the children have organized a surprise birthday party. Two days to destroy their happiness. With a terrible pugnacity, he will insult his friends, scare his children, behave like a monster. At the end of the weekend he leaves, relieved. It’s over.
What appears to be a regular story about infidelity is in fact a surprisingly powerful lesson of courage and love. François d’Epenoux depicts with great sincerity the ultimate quest for honesty of a man who discovers he is terminally hill. His tale’s simplicity is another tool to have us understand Antoine’s motivations: being real, even if it means lying.
François Epenoux : François d'Epenoux was born in 1964. Deux jours à tuer is his fourth novel