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Laurence Cossé

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Laurence Cossé

Laurence Cossé worked as a journalist before devoting herself entirely to fiction. She is the author of Bitter Almonds (Europa, 2013) and An Accident in August (Europa, 2011). A Novel Bookstore is her ninth novel. She lives in France.

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Latest reviews

  • Fadila is a sixty-year-old Moroccan immigrant, and Édith, her employer, is a well-to-do, sophisticated Parisian. The two women form an unlikely but rewarding friendship when Édith attempts to teach Fadila to read and write. The women bridge the many barriers between them with...
    — Nov 12 2013
  • Despite the title, there’s no cooking in Laurence Cossé’s fine, actually rather wonderful novel, BITTER ALMONDS. I loved her book A NOVEL BOOKSTORE, published last year – a literary thriller about books and bookshops, it managed to be nostalgic and forward-thinking...
    — May 10 2013
  • In BITTER ALMONDS Édith, a “comfortable” woman living with her young family in Paris, hires Fadila, a 60-year-old Moroccan immigrant, to assist her with ironing. Immediately, there is a productive alliance: payment for services rendered. But early in their relationship,...
    — Apr 2 2013
  • It is so important to be educated. Is it not? So much so that we – the ones who are educated almost take it for granted. A privilege of sorts. We can never imagine not being literate. To us, that is the core of everything, which as I said often gets overlooked for whatever...
    — Mar 27 2013
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    — Aug 15 2011
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    — Jul 4 2011

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