In this modern fairytale, a French woman's life is turned upside down when she meets and takes a job with a reclusive bookseller whose quirky business involves matching books with their perfect readers.
This quirky little novel is part fable, part romance, and wholly a love letter to books ... Very little of this novel makes sense and even less of it lives in the realm of the possible. It's a fairy tale. But it's charming to read, and its central theme that books can change lives is indisputable and satisfying.
Féret-Fleury’s first novel published in English will speak to fans of Nina George and Kate Atkinson, and any reader who loves getting lost in a secondhand bookshop. The author’s love of the written word comes through on from every page. Relatively light on plot but packed with atmosphere, this ode to finding the right book at the right time comes with its own suggested reading list for those hoping to widen their literary horizons.
With a cast of characters reminiscent of the French film Amélie, Féret-Fleury creates a world that is delightful and enchanting. As she flits about this new universe, Juliette discovers that the life she may change the most is her own. This is the author's first book to appear in English, and it's been deftly translated to maintain the lyrical writing of the original French text. Light and sweet as a bonbon, this little confection of a book is delicious.