Eugénie Grandet is a 1833 novel by Honoré de Balzac. It is part of Scènes de la Vie de Province (Scenes from Provincial Life) series of La Comédie Humaine. It is one of the one of the earliest and most famous novels of Balzac.
The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is overexcited by the arrival of Eugénie's cousin Charles. Her emotional attachment and her love for her cousin antagonizes her father.
The backdrop is one of of provincial oppression, wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. A truly classic.