Reads like an Amelie for grown-ups ... This tragic-comic smasher from the fantastic French author David Foenkinos has made a huge impact in his home country ... Written with [an] irresistible charm, this novel's delicacy and lightness is given weight by the undercurrent of grief and broken hearts ( Stylist Book of the Week 2011-12-14)
A more whimsical, less knowing variation on David Nicholls' blockbuster One Day ... unputdownable ... Immensely likeable, unexpectedly compelling and moving (Eileen Battersby Irish Times 2011-12-10)
Lists and notes, in Nick Hornby or Alain de Botton style, punctuate the narrative. "Delicate" is probably the mot juste for this ineffably Gallic romance, which is translated with panache ( Independent)
An exquisite novel of hidden beauty ( Elle)
A skilfully depicted, lovely romantic comedy whose real charm is to celebrate the new surprises of love ( Journal du Dimanche)
A marvel ( Anna Gavalda)
He was passing by, she kissed him without thinking. Now she wonders whether she did the right thing. But Natalie isn't certain of anything anymore. One minute she was a happily married young woman, successful in her career, and convinced the future was full of promise. But when her husband was run over by a car, her whole world was turned upside down. Years later, still bruised with grief but desperate to move on with her life, she impulsively kisses her colleague Markus. For Natalie, the kiss is just a gratuitous act. For the awkward, unassuming Markus, it is the moment at which he falls hopelessly, helplessly in love. But how will he ever convince such a beautiful, intelligent but confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life?
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