Bitter Almonds

byLaurence CosseTranslated byAlison Anderson

April 12, 2013|
Bitter Almonds by Laurence Cosse
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From the pen of Laurence Cosse, author of A Novel Bookstore, comes this delightful story about friendship across racial and economic barriers set in contemporary paris. Edith 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 that she thought. Their lessons are short, difficult, and tiring. Yet, during these lessons, the oh-so-Parisian Edith and Fadila, an immigrant from Morocco, begin to understand one other as never before, and from this understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship. Edith will enter into contact with a way of life utterly unfamiliar to her, one that is unforgiving at times, but joyful and dignified.
Laurence Cosseworked as a journalist before devoting herself entirely to fiction. She is the author of A Novel Bookstore . She lives in France. Alison Anderson''s translations for Europa Editions include novels by Selim Nassib, Amelie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2...
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Title:Bitter AlmondsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 8.23 X 5.3 X 0.56 inShipping dimensions:176 pages, 8.23 X 5.3 X 0.56 inPublished:12 avril 2013Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1609450892

ISBN - 13:9781609450892

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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