New book by Blondel to review
As most of you know, I also run France Book Tours, a virtual book tour company focusing on books related to France.
Jean-Philippe Blondel is an excellent contemporary French writer.
A few years ago, I reviewed The 6:41 to Paris.
He writes short and quirky books, like several other contemporary French authors.
New Vessel Press is going to publish Exposed in May, and thanks to them, we have review copies available.
A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives.
Blondel, author of the hugely popular novel The 6:41 to Paris, evokes an intimacy of dangerous intensity in a tale marked by profound nostalgia and a reckoning with the past that allows its two characters to move ahead into the future.
Come this way in case you would like to review it, or forward the information to book bloggers you think would enjoy it.
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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
I have not done this for a while, but this book is worth while appearing here!
Today, my Teasers are from
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Short dense novel highlighting the rampant anonymity of our individualistic society, but also how a simple train ride can invite you to re-examine your life and your connections.
“Ah-hah, there’s a guy looking for somewhere to sit. He comes a bit closer. He stops. He glances at the seat. Hesitates. Keeps walking. Turns around again. I avoid looking at him. I can just detect his movement at the edge of my vision. For a moment I think I’ve won, that his desire for comfort is about to collide with the invisible wall of my indifference. No such luck . He clears his throat quietly, his voice is somewhat hoarse. “Excuse me, is this seat taken?” God, the idiotic phrases we say every day. I shake my head and sigh, just to let him know it really is a bother. I pull my bag out of the way and decide to look him in the face.
Oh. My. God.
Any more of my bullshit and I would have ended up standing for the entire trip— or sitting across from the toilets on one cheek. Having said that, I did hesitate. Because when I realized that the only seat available was next to Cécile Duffaut, I felt slightly dizzy, like the heroine of a nineteenth century novel, and I said to myself again, No, it can’t be, and I thought I’d move on to the next car.”
I know, my Teasers are more than 2 sentences, but it’s one thought by a narrator and one by the other. As many sentences contain very few words, it would not have made any sense if I had really followed the rule, lol
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