Book review and giveaway: A Very French Christmas

A Very French Christmas:
The Greatest French Holiday Stories
of All Time

on Tour

August 8-14

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A Very French Christmas:
The Greatest French Holiday Stories
of All Time

(short story collection)

Release date: October 10, 2017
at New Vessel Press

ISBN: 978-1939931504
142 pages


As you would know if you are familiar with French literature in general, the French cannot be described as the most optimistic people in the world. If there’s a yes, there’s always a BUT shortly after. This reflects as well in this collection of Christmas short stories, which makes it quite unique! If you want something different for your next Christmas, ask Santa to bring you A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time.

Fourteen stories are included in this short collection, 11 written in the 2nd half of the 19th century, with names as famous as Alphonse Daudet and Guy de Maupassant, the French father of the short story if there’s any, one story by Irène Némirovsky (written in 1932), and two composed this year, by Dominique Fabre, and Jean-Philippe Blondel, an author already reviewed here.

You will find the usual cold and snow (pre-global warming style) and orphans. On top of that, most stories are quite quirky, and even a few uplifting, with Jean-Baptiste Godefroy (in The Lost Child) and Lucien (in The Louis d’Or) experiencing a conversion experience à la Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Most stories however, are rather on the sad side, that time of the year being a time of great reckoning, of reminiscing, not always a happy thing, and of connection with the other world, even of passing (in Salvette and Bernadou).

The Lost Child is my favorite, with a satisfying ending and a very quirky beginning:

Very French Christmas p89

page 89

I also enjoyed cute illustrations at the top of each story (all gathered together on the book cover) and on the last pages. The book contains also a few lines of biography for each of the authors quoted.

VERDICT: Experience Christmas as you have never before, with this unique, very French short story collection.

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A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.
With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.


Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France
Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre,
Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz

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