The Erotic Potential of My Wife

The Erotic Potential of My Wife

Translated by Yasmine Gaspard

9781846590450 September 2008 Paperback 160pp

About the Book

Having collected, among other things, cocktail sticks, electoral campaign badges, paintings of moored ships, rabbits’ feet, noises at five in the morning, the labels on melons, birds’ eggs and hangmen’s nooses, Hector falls in love.

Blissfully married, he turns his back on his old habits, only to become obsessed with his wife Brigitte washing windows. And so begins his new infatuation, collecting (and recollecting) beautiful moments spent observing his wife’s every move.

About the Author

David Foenkinos is a French novelist and screenwriter. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. The Erotic Potential of My Wife (Telegram) was his first novel to be translated into English. His most recent novel, Delicacy has sold one million copies in France and is now a major motion picture starring Audrey Tatou. He lives in Paris.


'The story of a kleptomaniac whose desire to rid himself of his mania drives him to extraordinary lengths. Funny, poignant and, in places, unexpectedly romantic. An absolute must-read.'

'Absurd, funny, eccentric... this little world has seduced critics, filmmakers and an ever-larger public.'
Le Monde

'A book worthy of Woody Allen.'

'David Foenkinos is in a league of his own. If we had to find his counterparts on the world stage, they would be Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon.'

'Read it, it's hilarious!'
Le Parisien