I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness. Someone I Loved is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.
A number 1 bestseller in France and translated into over twenty-five languages, Billie is one of the most beloved French novels to be published in recent years. A brilliant evocation of contemporary Paris and a moving tale of friendship, Anna Gavalda’s new novel tells the story of two young people, Billie and Franck, who, as the story opens, are trapped in a gorge in the Cévennes Mountains. Billie begins to tell stories from their lives in order to calm herself and Franck as darkness encroaches. In alternating episodes, the novel moves between recollections of the two characters’ childhoods and their dire predicament. Franck’s life has been impacted by a childhood spent with a perenni...
At 65 Pierre looks back on his life. Chloe, half his age, lives in a shroud of sadness, a sadness that has descended on her after her husband left her. When Chloe's father-in-law, Pierre, takes her on a short break, it seems that they have little in common. However, as they slowly open up to each other, things change.
Billie und Franck sind beim Bergwandern in Frankreich in eine Felsspalte gestürzt. Während er bewusstlos in ihren Armen liegt, versucht sie mit aller Kraft wach zu bleiben und erzählt ihre Geschichte: Sie, Billie, wuchs in einer Wohnwagensiedlung auf, er, Franck, lag wegen seiner Homosexualität im ständigen Clinch mit seinem bürgerlich-reaktionären Vater. Nichts scheint die beiden zu verbinden, bis sie zwei Hauptrollen im Schultheater bekommen. Trotzdem spricht alles gegen ein Happy End: Sie bleibt sitzen, er muss ins Internat, es folgen Abstürze und Schicksalsschläge. Aber Billie und Franck geben nicht auf. In Paris finden sie sich wieder – und Billie stellt ihr Leben auf Reset. Dann wird das Glück schon kommen.
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An international bestseller and French publishing sensation Consolation is a dazzling, heartbreaking tale of one man, two remarkable women and an unforgettable transvestite. Charles Balanda is forty-seven; a successful architect, he is constantly on the move. But from the moment he hears about the death of the woman he once loved - Anouk, the tragically big-hearted mother of a childhood friend - his life begins to unravel until, one day, he finds himself on a Paris pavement covered in blood. But fate brings him one final chance to be happy in Kate, an enchanting young woman, herself damaged but fearless and in love with life. The resulting story is a triumphant, spellbinding and ultimately consoling novel about the power of a second chance.
Mathilde is twenty-four. She has abandoned her studies in art history in lieu of a menial job and lives in a house she shares with twin sisters. One day she forgets her bag in a café and a week later an unknown man returns it to her. Following this encounter, Mathilde decides to throw caution to the wind and change her life entirely. Yann is twenty-six, a university graduate, unemployed. There may be better days ahead. Maybe. While waiting for them to come, he works as a sales assistant in a home appliances store. He wouldn’t say he is unhappy. But sometimes, late at night, when he is crossing a bridge over the River Seine, he imagines jumping. One day he does a favor for one of his neigh...
A bestselling novel in Europe with over half a million copies sold, published in over twenty-six languages, Anna Gavalda's French Leave is a charming adventure that tells the story of four siblings in search of the happiness they knew as children and the bonds that once united them. Simon, Garance and Lola flee a dull family wedding (and Simon's uptight and judgemental wife) to visit their younger brother, Vincent, who is working as a guide at a château in the heart of the enchanting Tours countryside. For a few hours, they forget about kids, spouses, work, and the many demands adulthood makes upon them and lose themselves in a day of laughter, teasing, and memories. As simply and as spontaneously as the adventure began, it ends. All four return to their everyday lives, carrying with them the magic of their brief reunion. They are stronger now, and happier, for having rediscovered the ties that bind them. Lighthearted, tender and funny, a parable on escaping the past to find the future, French Leave is a tribute to sibling relationships, local Loire wines, and the art of being together.
Ein junger Filmstudent auf den Spuren eines vergessenen Kultregisseurs. Rätselhafte Symbole in alten Stummfilmen. Eine mächtige Bruderschaft, die ihre Novizen in der Kunst des Filmhandwerks unterweist. Ein Geheimnis, das die Grundfesten unserer Welt erschüttert... Dan Brown meets Orson Wells – ein Roman über die größte Verschwörung, die es je gegeben hat!
From the first day, school had always been torture for Gregory, but his expulsion from school in sixth grade allows him to find his own path and deal with his parents' fights and his beloved grandfather's illness.