It may not be a complicated story, but what a story it is! Laure gets mugged. Laurent the bookseller finds her purse. He tries to find her. As he gets clues to her life and gets closer and closer, he finds himself wanting to know everything about her but at the same time, scared to meet her. It takes his precocious daughter (his fairy goddaughter?) to put them together. Such a delightful tale, perhaps even better than The President's Hat. I thoroughly enjoyed it!— Anne K McMahon
May 2015 Indie Next List
“Parisian journalist Laurain delightfully proved his fiction-writing prowess with The President's Hat. Mistaken identities and twists of fate figure once again in this charming love story of a woman who is mugged and badly hurt and the bookseller who finds her purse and, for reasons he can't explain, embarks on a journey to find her and return the handbag and its contents. Set against the backdrop of the small bookstores and arrondissements of Paris, and featuring recent Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, this is a story that is sure to please.”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
'A clever, funny novel . . . a masterpiece of Parisian perfection' Duchess of Cornwall 'The very quintessence of French romance' The Times
Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
About the Author
Antoine Laurain is the award-winning author of six novels including The Red Notebook (Indie Next, MIBA bestseller) and The President's Hat (Waterstones Book Club, Indies Introduce). His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than 180,000 copies in English. He lives in Paris.