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This is an auction for CONSOLATION by Anna Gavalda.

"Consolation follows the classic narrative arc of a principal character being jolted from the irresponsibility of youth through a wiser period of guilt to eventual redemption. It makes an uncomplicated, easily digestible, cheering read, so it's perhaps unsurprising that it became the best-selling French novel of 2008, moving over half a million copies and being translated into 32 languages. After widespread rejection, Gavalda's debut collection of stories about love, penned while she was still a French schoolteacher, was published in 1999 by a small house. It sold almost a million copies. Its English title - I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere - amply defines the themes and tone of Gavalda's work: love, loss, regret, yearning and hope. A follow-up novella in 2002 - Someone I Loved - fuelled by the failure of her own marriage, built on these foundations. The main characters in Consolation are bound with similar liens of bereavement, divorce and new love. The 47-year-old Charles Balanda, a successful Parisian architect, leads a stressful life. Domestic relations with his urbanely unfaithful partner are strained – partly by his habit of shying away from emotional confrontation, but also by his frequent trips to Moscow where he is mired in managing a tricky building project. Consolation is probably sufficient evidence as to why Gavalda's mournfully seductive romantic fictions, two of them now filmed with world-class actors such as Audrey Tautou and Daniel Auteuil, have acquired such a huge following..."
- The Independent (UK)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 2010.

473 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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