The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

Written by Katherine Pancol, translated by William Rodarmor and Helen Dickinson | December 31, 2013
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, by Katherine Pancol, translated by William Rodarmor and Helen Dickinson, Penguin Books, December 2013

When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two—confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé—is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Joséphine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all—a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address—but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life. When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris’s name. All is well—that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.

Book review

"Lucky you! You're about to succumb to France's most irresistible writer! At the end of this delicious, tender, funny, heartwarming novel, you'll feel as if Iris and Joséphine are part of your family." —Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key

“Thought Parisian women are perfect? Think again. A delicious treat about separation, sisterhood, and turning tables.”
Inès de la Fressange, New York Times bestselling author of Parisian Chic

“No wonder Katherine Pancol’s books are all bestsellers, reading her feels like coming home. Her characters become like friends and family members, and you long to know how they get on. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles has all the quirks, tensions, and belly laughs that family, friendship, and sisterhood can entail. It is touching, entertaining, and vibrant.”
Cécile David-Weill, author of The Suitors

“Pancol’s runaway French bestseller is a satisfying Cinderella story. . . . delicious.”
Publishers Weekly


Katherine Pancol is one of France’s best-known contemporary authors, with millions of copies of her books in print in thirty languages. She lives in Paris.

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