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L'Assommoir (The Drinking Den) by Emile Zola

I have a framed print in my study of a woman sitting in what I now know to be a drinking den. She sits slumped over with the weight of the world on her metaphorical shoulders. 383 more words


Happy Are the Happy by Yasmina Reza

Other people’s happiness often seems somehow aggressive.”

Structurally, French author and playwright, Yasmina Reza’s novel Happy Are the Happy reminded me of Daniel Kehlmann’s excellent… 1,687 more words


Fortunes of France: The Brethren by Robert Merle

Written in 1977 and supposedly an unheralded french classic, this is the first of a 13 volume saga finally being translated into english. It’s about two soldiers, both named Jean, sworn brothers-maybe-lovers, who return from war to establish lands, build wealth, be fruitful and multiply. 671 more words


The Stone Boy - Sophie Loubière

A week or so ago, I finally got the opportunity to venture out on my own. Handling an almost 11 month old all day is not easy. 230 more words


The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec: A Story of Boundless Love and Suffering

The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec, translated by Willard Wood
Reviewed by Jan

The Goddess of Small Victories, a debut novel by French novelist Yannick Grannec, fictionalizes the career of brilliant real-life mathematician, logician, and philosopher, Kurt Gödel. 1,032 more words

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My review for my favorite fiction title of 2014.

The Front Seat Passenger by Pascal Garnier

Pascal Garnier’s novel, Moon in a Dead Eye, is set in a gated retirement community, and concerns a set of paranoid residents who worry about who might get inside; really they should have been more worried about each other. 1,001 more words


“Under the Tripoli Sky” by Kamal Ben Hameda

“I was a child, primarily interested in self-discovery; quivering in response to forces that I didn’t suspect but that she knew how to elicit, and therefore deaf to what she was confiding.” P.64…

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