The Little Paris Bookshop (Paperback)
If you are a Francophile, you’ll savor this book. If you also love bookstores, fine food, good wine, dare to think about death, and believe in the redemptive power of love, you are in for a treat.
The Little Paris Bookshop is imbued with romance and eroticism. The love stories that entwine Perdu and his companions are a tad idealized perhaps, but that can be forgiven in a novel that has the properties of a fable … it’s sort of a kid’s story for adults. The romance is enhanced and haunted by the omnipresence of death and heart-rending twists of fate. Residing in perplexing delight somewhere between escapist romp and serious literature, Nina George’s novel is worthy of the extensive attention it attracted prior to its publication in English.
-Recommended by Kim
This is a story about Perdu, a man who runs a floating bookstore on France’s Seine River. He listens to the personal stories of his customers so he can prescribe the perfect book to treat the “afflictions of their souls.” He soon understands that HE is the one who needs some life-adjusting! This book is chock-full of nuggets of inspiration!
-Recommended by Virgie
July 2015 Indie Next List
“Everyone should have access to a 'literary pharmacist' to prescribe the perfect book for what ails them. Bookstore owner Jean Perdu is the victim of a long-ago heartache. While he can cure others, he is unable to quench his own grief. When Perdu's life collides with a reluctant celebrity author, a chef, a neighbor with her own lovelorn past, and an unopened letter, he finds himself on a journey to reawaken his life before it is too late. George's novel is a love song to literature and its curative powers. Launch yourself on a trip with Jean Perdu and company. Reading The Little Paris Bookshop is definitely a journey worth taking.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn (E), Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
NINA GEORGE works as a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She is the award winning author of 26 books, and also writes feature articles, short stories, and columns. The Little Paris Bookshop spent over a year on bestseller lists in Germany, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Berlin and in Brittany, France. www.nina-george.com@nina_george - @jean_perdu From the Hardcover edition.