In this collection of short stories, all written in the first person, Anna Gavalda has created an ode to those who confront their vulnerabilities and admit their weaknesses. These tales illustrate the importance of moving beyond the wounds of the past and embracing love, friendship, forgiveness, and family. From the trucker who puts his dog to sleep following the death of his son to the alcoholic widow who befriends a stranger raised in a strict military family, readers will find the classic Gavaldian universe on full display in these stories of suffering and salvation.
Born in Paris in 1970, Anna Gavalda published her first work, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, a critically acclaimed collection of short stories that sold a half a million copies in her native , in 1999. She has since published three novels, all of which have been bestsellers across Europe . Her novel Hunting and Gathering was made into a film starring Audrey Tatou and Daniel Auteil.