A new treasure unearthed by NĂ©mirovskyâ€™s biographers: another never-before-published novel from the author of the #1 bestselling Suite FranĂ§aise.This perfect gem of a novel was discovered only recently in separate archive files. A few pages were in the famous suitcase that IrĂ¨ne NĂ©mirovskyâ€™s daughters saved, but the balance had been deposited with a very close friend during the war. A morality tale with doubtful morals, a story of murder, love and betrayal in rural France, Fire in the Blood, planned in 1937 and written in 1941, is set in a small village (based on Issy lâ€™EvĂ¨que, where Suite FranĂ§aise was written), and brilliantly prefigures the village community in her later masterpiece.Fire in the Blood is a beautiful chamber piece which starts quietly, lyrically, but then races away with revelations and narrative twists in a story about young women forced into marriages with old men, about mothers and daughters, stepmothers and stepdaughters, youthful passions and the regrets of old age, about peasant communities and the ways they hide their secrets. NĂ©mirovsky looks at her characters, both young and old, with the same clear-eyed distance and humanity as she displayed in Suite FranĂ§aise, unpeeling layer after layer. As atmospheric and haunting as SĂˇndor MĂˇraiâ€™s Embers, and with the crystalline perfection of Chekhov, Fire in the Blood is another gripping literary find.From the Hardcover edition.