We didn't know very much about Irène Némirovsky before her posthumous novel Suite Francaise was published recently. An émigré to Paris, Némirovsky achieved fame at 26 with her first novel David Gelder, but the book was reviled by many, who found its clichéd depiction of the Jewish protagonist anti-Semitic. The author later turned on her debut novel, but many found her disavowal — in the wake of her conversion to Catholicism — unconvincing. Némirovsky died in Auschwitz at the age of 39, leaving behind a controversial legacy and this haunting, newly-discovered portrait of occupied France. [Obit]