Le Bal is a penetrating and incisive book set in early twentieth century France. At its heart is the tension between mother and daughter. The nouveau-riche Kampfs, desperate to become members of the social elite, decide to throw a ball to launch themselves into high society. For selfish reasons Mrs. Kampf forbids her teenage daughter, Antoinette, to attend the ball and banishes her to the laundry room. In an unpremeditated fury of revolt and despair, Antoinette takes a swift and horrible revenge. A cruel, funny and tender examination of class differences, Le Bal describes the torments of childhood with rare accuracy.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Le Bal
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
ISBN: 0-09-949397-7 / 978-0-09-949397-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Le Bal
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
ISBN: 0-676-97966-1 / 978-0-676-97966-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Le Bal
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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November 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Le Bal
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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