Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola
Thérèse Raquin: My pick for the month of August
Here’s my intro:
“This punchy novel was published in 1867. The author, aged only 27, indicates in the preface that it is above all a scientific analysis whose starting point is “the study of temperament and profound modifications of the organism under the pressure of environments and circumstances ”. Indeed, the novel is totally different from other novels of the period: romantic sentimentalism. This extremely dark novel conceals a hard-hitting passionate drama between its pages.”
The very realistic descriptions will take you to Paris at the end of the 19th century. Great literature to devour!