The first Europa Book Club is here!
In May 2020, Europa Editions launched its first virtual book club. Each month, we will be reading a different Europa title—from new releases, to classics, to hidden gems. Read with us as we explore together the best of international literature!
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You can read at your own pace, or follow our suggested reading schedule. Check-in with us as you read, sending any questions to email@example.com, or using the hashtag #EuropaBookClub on social media!
At the end of month, join us for a virtual discussion of the book with authors, translators, booksellers, and special guests.
Our selection for August 2020 is Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin, translated by Hildegard Serle!
A bestseller in France and Italy, Fresh Water for Flowers is a funny, heartwarming story about an endearing cemetery caretaker, Violette, and a taciturn French policeman, Julien, whose stories intersect, changing their lives forever. With this novel, Valerie Perrin has given readers an intimate story that tugs on the heartstrings about a woman who believes obstinately in happiness, despite it all.
“Irresistible... A triumphant celebration of life and love.”—Foreword Reviews
“Readers will be moved by the poetic gentleness of the narration, by the generous gaze that the two protagonists cast over human affairs, by the desire for peace that Julien and Violette share, and by the welcome dose of humor.”—La Croix
“Fans of Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this thoughtful take on the inner life of an unforgettable woman.”—Booklist
“Perrin's English-language debut is a tender and poignant exploration of love, loss, and redemption.”—Publishers Weekly
Suggested reading schedule
Week 1 (Aug 3): Chapters 1 -23
Week 2 (Aug 10): Chapters 24-47
Week 3 (Aug 17): Chapters 48-71
Week 4 (Aug 24): Chapters 72-94
August 2020: Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin, translated by Hildegarde Serle
September 2020: A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, translated by Ann Goldstein