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Laurence Cossé

Bitter Almonds

Cover: Bitter Almonds - Laurence Cossé

Laurence Cossé

Bitter Almonds

2013, pp. 176, e-Book
ISBN: 9781609451110
Translated by: Alison Anderson
Region: France
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The book

From the author of A Novel Bookstore comes this delightful story about friendship across racial and economic barriers set in contemporary Paris. Édith can hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without knowing how to read or write? How does she catch a bus, or pay a bill, or withdraw money from the bank? Why it's unacceptable! She thus decides to become Fadila's French teacher. But teaching something as complex as reading and writing to an adult is rather more challenging than she thought. Their lessons are short, difficult, and tiring. Yet, during these lessons, the oh-so-Parisian Édith and Fadila, an immigrant from Morocco, begin to understand one another as never before, and form this understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship. Édith will enter into contact with a way of life utterly unfamiliar to her, one that is unforgiving at times, but also full of joy and dignity.

The author

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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