The Girl from the Chartreuse

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One wet afternoon while driving a vanload of books to his shop, Étienne Vollard knocks down a little girl, Éva. Haunted by guilt, Vollard visits Éva in hospital and reads stories to her while she lies in a coma. He also meets Éva's mother, Thérèse, a struggling single parent whose dream is to be faraway and alone. When Éva awakes, the three of them are immediately aware that their lives are forever altered. Pierre Péju’s profound and moving novel is about life, childhood, loneliness and learning to accept and understand our differences.

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Pierre Peju, writer, philosopher and director of studies at the International College of Philosophy, has written four books. The Girl from the Chartreuse, his latest one, met with an exceptional critical and commercial success in France.

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"'Peju's real subject is literature itself...Peju treads a fine line between pretension and profundity, layering his text with many others from the Gospels to Becket and Borges, but his own words, weighed against theirs, are rarely found wanting.'" Independent on Sunday

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