Here is a list of books I read this semester when I probably should have been doing other things.
The Widow by Georges Simenon
One of Simenon’s “romans durs” (lit. “hard novels”). Bleak and succinct. A recently paroled drifter shacks up with a middle-aged widow in provincial France much to the dismay of her suspicious in-laws. A beautiful young mother, greedy relatives, and a terrible secret.