French Leave by Anna GavaldaFrench Leave by Anna Gavalda

French Leave

byAnna GavaldaTranslated byAlison Anderson

Paperback | March 15, 2019

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In French Leave four siblings are reunited one afternoon after skipping out on a dull family wedding. They leave behind needy spouses, annoying relatives, and the dull demands of encroaching adulthood for one final, riotous and joyous adventure in each other's company.Garance, her sister Lola, brother Simon and his overbearing wife are driving through the French countryside on their way to a family wedding in Podunk-on-Indre. Once they arrive and discover the real occasion to celebrate is the fact that they are together again, the three siblings realize what they really want to do is visit their youngest brother Vincent, who is working as a tour guide at a chateau in the heart of the enchanting province of Touraine. The siblings jump back in their car and race away, then talk Vincent into playing hooky in order to all hang out like they used to.For the remainder of that afternoon, over drinks and delicious food at a campsite where Vincent lives, the four siblings lose themselves in the laughter of inside jokes, teasing and memories that unite them. As simply and as spontaneously as the adventure began, it ends with each returning back to their respective lives, but with a new welcoming of the years ahead.Getting its title from the phrase meaning to take one's leave suddenly, with no warning and without permission, French Leave is full of feeling and a wonderful treat of a novel that captures a final moment of youth between a group of brothers and sisters before life truly gets in the way.
Born in Paris in 1970,Anna Gavalda published her first work in 1999 while working as a high school French teacher. Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, a collection of short stories, was met with both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling more than three-quarters of a million copies in her native France. The boo...
Title:French LeaveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2019Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1609455118

ISBN - 13:9781609455118


Editorial Reviews

Praise forAnna GavaldaBoth stories have a sentimental streak, but Ms. Gavalda, a best-selling author in her native France, puts them across with charm." - The New York Times "Gavalda's writing is engaging and lyrical." - World Literature Today "With writing this beautiful and charming, and heartbreakingly sincere, Gavalda makes the journey well worth the effort." - The Cedar Rapids Gazette "[Like Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby] Anna Gavalda has the ability to create intelligent dramas with a witty sideline in banter-driven dialogue... Her stock in trade is the endearing oddball. Her characters' peccadilloes drive the narrative engine as much as plot delivery. Conversation turns towards the manic passions of obsessives." - The Independent (UK)"The qualities that make Anna Gavalda unique include precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, an intoxicating mix of nostalgia, and a capacity for joy." - Le Figaro "Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vivre are irresistible." - Marie Claire (France)"A sensitive, delicate, funny, immensely readable story... Billie is a revelation!" - Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2 "