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Anna Gavalda

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Anna Gavalda

Born in Paris in 1970, Anna Gavalda published her first work in 1999 while working as a high school French teacher. Her first published work was the critically acclaimed collection of short stories I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, which sold over half a million copies in her native France and was published in the US by Penguin in 2003. Gavalda has since published three novels, all of which have become bestsellers across Europe. Her first novel, Someone I Loved, was adapted to film in 2009 and her novel Hunting and Gathering was made into a film starring Audrey Tatou and Daniel Auteil. Gavalda’s novels and short stories have been translated into over forty languages. She lives in Paris.

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Latest reviews

  • “With themes of loss, family, individuality, and the power of connection echoed across stories, this collection is a raw and tender ode to the human spirit.”
    — Booklist, Apr 15 2019
  • "Life, Only Better is indeed that: slices of life with the richness of experience turned up."
    — World Literature Today, May 6 2016
  • To be in your mid-twenties today often means being at a crossroads: the time between adventure and adulthood, between carelessness and commitment. In French author Anna Gavalda’s new work, “Life, Only Better,” (Europa, $17.00) this tumultuous time is on full display...
    — Laura Farmer Reviews, Nov 27 2015
  • In “Mathilde,” one of the two novellas that make up this book, a 24-year-old lives with twin sisters and works as a negative commenter on various websites. Her anonymous comments send site owners running to her brother-in-law to improve their web presence.
    — New York Times, Nov 25 2015
  • “Gavalda delivers all the elements that seem to be lacking in our current reality.”
    — L’Indépendant, Mar 20 2015
  • “Infinitely charming with dialogue that sparkles like fire.”
    — Madame Figaro, Feb 9 2015
  • “Anna Gavalda has the ability to create intelligent dramas with a witty sideline in banter-driven dialogue . . .”
    — The Independent (UK), Jan 13 2015
  • “Gavalda’s sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vie are irresistible.”
    — Marie Claire, Jan 12 2015
  • Playing hooky from their everyday lives, three thirtyish siblings ditch a stuffy wedding to drop in on their brother, a tour guide at a chateau in the French countryside. They are: a young woman unsure of practicing law just as she is about to take the bar; a newly divorced...
    — May 20 2011
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    — Apr 21 2011
  • font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }@font-face { font-family: "Garamond"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } A family reunion of sorts, in which four siblings...
    — Feb 21 2011
  • “Gavalda writes warm-hearted fiction, with plenty of culture, emotion and thoughtfulness.”
    — The Telegraph, Mar 16 2010


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