Book review: Ensemble, c’est tout

Ensemble, c'est tout

Ensemble, c’est tout
by Anna Gavalda
Published in 2004
574 pages
Literary fiction
Published as Hunting and Gathering
in 2007

I read French Leave by Anna Gavalda in 2011. I liked it, but was not super impressed. But something (or someone??) told me to try another book, and I must have found Ensemble, c’est tout at a second-hand book sale – not easy to find these in French around Chicago! Click to continue reading


Book review: Red is My Heart

Red is my Heart

Red is My Heart,
by Antoine Laurain
and Le Sonneur
Translated by
Jane Aitken
Gallic Books
US publication date 1/18/2022
Et mon cœur se serra
was first published in French
on 2/3/2021
192 pages
French literary fiction


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With nine books published in only fourteen years, Antoine Laurain is quite popular in France. I have read and enjoyed several of his books. They can feature quirkiness, mystery, or time travel elements. You never know what this French author is going to do next.
With Red is My Heart (Et mon cœur se serra in French, literally “And My Heart Sank”), readers are in for another major surprise. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Sleeping Car Murders

The Sleeping Car Murders

The Sleeping Car Murders,
by Sébastien Japrisot
Translated by Francis Price
Gallic Books
US publication date 11/2/2021
Compartiment tueurs
was first published in French in 1962
208 pages
French mystery / Classic


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Last month, I shared with you my enthusiasm for a book by Sébastien Japrisot, Rider on the rain. After that one and Trap For Cinderella, I am thrilled to share a third one today: The Sleeping Car Murders Click to continue reading