Did you see? This week, the New York Times book review section highlights French lit. Among the 4 books presented, two have been reviewed here at Words And Peace. Honestly, it looks like the New York Times missed the depth of these books, especially Constellation.
After having read their article (by clicking on the picture), I suggest you get back to my reviews, by clicking on the links: Constellation and Mon amie américaine are definitely worth reading, and they are much deeper than the newspaper makes them sound.
To be honest, I had not heard of the book nor the plane Constellation, before going to BEA last May. But I had received many great books from Other Press, so I knew I could trust it to be good. And it is.
On October 27, 1949, the plane Constellation left Orly, Paris, for New York. But it didn’t reach its destination. Instead, it crashed in the Azores archipelago. There was no survivor.
On board, among 34 passengers, were famous French boxer Marcel Cerdan (Edith Piaf’s lover!), and Ginette Neveu, a young violin virtuoso. Edith had begged Marcel to come and see her sing in New York. Click to continue reading