The Little Paris Bookshop (Paperback)

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"Parisian bookseller, Jean Perdu, is proprietor of the Literary Apothecary bookshop, housed in a converted barge on the Seine. He believes that the selection of just the right book is the remedy to mend the broken hearts of his patrons -- recommends Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog as an effective cure for "if such-and-such-happens-isms," George Orwell's 1984 to curtail gullibility and apathy, Elizabeth von Arnim's Enchanted April to overcome indecision, etc. Jean, however, is unable to cure through literature the heartbreak he suffers from losing his true love, Manon, who suddenly left 20 years ago, leaving behind a letter that Jean has never opened.  Friendships with Max, a bestselling author going through writer's block, and Catherine, a woman displaced by an abusive relationship, prompt Jean to finally read Manon's letter.  Inspired to resolve his relationship with Manon, Jean, along with Max, lifts anchor and steers the Literary Apothecary south on the waterways of France to Provence.  Jean's quest will take him into the quaint riverfront villages where he sells books for food and encounters an unpredictable cast of characters, all confirming his belief in the transformative power of reading.  A captivatingly beautiful story of a man's quixotic literary journey from loss and grief into new friendships and unsinkable optimism. C'est le livre pour les amateurs de livres!  This is the book for booklovers!"

— Jane Glaser

July 2015 Indie Next List

“Everyone should have access to a 'literary pharmacist' to prescribe the perfect book for what ails them. Bookstore owner Jean Perdu is the victim of a long-ago heartache. While he can cure others, he is unable to quench his own grief. When Perdu's life collides with a reluctant celebrity author, a chef, a neighbor with her own lovelorn past, and an unopened letter, he finds himself on a journey to reawaken his life before it is too late. George's novel is a love song to literature and its curative powers. Launch yourself on a trip with Jean Perdu and company. Reading The Little Paris Bookshop is definitely a journey worth taking.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn (E), Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN


Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

NINA GEORGE works as a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She is the award winning author of 26 books, and also writes feature articles, short stories, and columns. The Little Paris Bookshop spent over a year on bestseller lists in Germany, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Berlin and in Brittany, France. - @jean_perdu From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553418798
ISBN-10: 0553418793
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English