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ISBN13: 9781594481444
ISBN10: 159448144x
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Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the "humanity and wit" (Marie Claire) that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother, this curious, damaged quartet may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.

Review:

"Love cures all that ails the troubled trio of 'no-hopers' in this sentimental second novel by French literary sensation Gavalda (Someone I Loved; I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere). Camille, a talented artist exhausted by ennui and anorexia, cleans offices at night and cowers in a shabby garret by day. Philibert, the fastidious scion of a titled family, peddles museum postcards while squatting in his dead grandmother's Parisian manse, waiting for her estate to be settled. Philibert's roommate, Franck, a talented (and womanizing) chef with ambition to burn, motorcycles once a week to look in on his stubborn, ailing grandmother Paulette, an 'inmate' at a retirement home. When Philibert finds Camille deathly ill one day, he rescues her from her icy garret and deposits her in his shabby but spacious home. Franck and Camille take an immediate dislike to each other, a sure sign that they're bound to fall in love — which happens, cutely, after they liberate Paulette. That's when, 'for the first time, each and every one of them felt like they belonged to a real family.' Gavalda's comically implausible and comfortably predictable novel of misfits is a Gallic charmer anchored by breezy and poignant storytelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Prize-winning author Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with her epic new novel of intimate lives. The author explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris who may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.

About the Author

Anna Gavalda is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author, widely regarded as one of France's newest literary stars. A former high-school French teacher and mother of two, she lives outside of Paris.

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Catherine Malcolm, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Catherine Malcolm)
Translated from a French bestselling novel, my book club gave this book two thumbs up unanimously.(Rarely the case) Many of us said ,"This one's a keeper and I will buy copies of it for friends. We're lucky to have a reader from France to have introduced it to us!"
The characters' relationships ebb and flow together the way that your food supply would if you were hunting and gathering.The starving artist,Camille; burly, temperamental motorcyclist/chef,Franck; beloved institutionalized grandmother,Paulette; and stuttering Philibert,a gentleman at the mercy of his ancestry;teach us something about joie-de-vivre as their unpredictable story unfolds.The revealing dialogue makes this character-driven book go by too quickly. At the same time each of the characters, out of step w/ society, endears us to him/her.Gavalda writes along that fine line which takes us to the edge of silly while remaining true to the tone of the story.There is a lot to laugh about. Set in present day Paris the novel could just as easily take place in New York or London.
Don't miss it!
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saradreilly, September 20, 2007 (view all comments by saradreilly)
This is one of the best books I have read all summer. What a foursome of unlikely characters! Set in Paris, it abounds with humor and pathos. I found the individuals hard to resist. Beautifully written, I can't wait to read other works by this author
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594481444
Author:
Gavalda, Anna
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Marginality, Social
Subject:
France
Subject:
Paris (France) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Marginality, Social -- France -- Paris.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
1.00 in.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 496 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594481444 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Love cures all that ails the troubled trio of 'no-hopers' in this sentimental second novel by French literary sensation Gavalda (Someone I Loved; I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere). Camille, a talented artist exhausted by ennui and anorexia, cleans offices at night and cowers in a shabby garret by day. Philibert, the fastidious scion of a titled family, peddles museum postcards while squatting in his dead grandmother's Parisian manse, waiting for her estate to be settled. Philibert's roommate, Franck, a talented (and womanizing) chef with ambition to burn, motorcycles once a week to look in on his stubborn, ailing grandmother Paulette, an 'inmate' at a retirement home. When Philibert finds Camille deathly ill one day, he rescues her from her icy garret and deposits her in his shabby but spacious home. Franck and Camille take an immediate dislike to each other, a sure sign that they're bound to fall in love — which happens, cutely, after they liberate Paulette. That's when, 'for the first time, each and every one of them felt like they belonged to a real family.' Gavalda's comically implausible and comfortably predictable novel of misfits is a Gallic charmer anchored by breezy and poignant storytelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Prize-winning author Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with her epic new novel of intimate lives. The author explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris who may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.
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