The Girl From The Chartreuse

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One wet afternoon, Étienne Vollard, driving a vanload of books to his shop, 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, 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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"Péju's real subject is literature itself... [He] layers 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)

"Beautiful. A fragile, heart-rending story that gives voice to our fears of claustrophobia, loss and estrangement; hope is glimpsed only momentarily, emotions remain unspoken and desires are left unrequited" ( Time Out)

"Beckett, Borges and even Paul Auster appear to stalk the pages of this haunting fable, but ultimately its achievement rests in Peju's realistically eloquent fatalism. Books can and do teach us how to live; this grim though beautiful master work certainly does" ( Irish Times)

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Péju describes, in this strangely affecting fable, the tragic richness and lyricism in this trio of ordinary lives

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"Subtle and achingly beautiful... A lovesong to the act of reading itself" (Joseph O'Connor)

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An outstanding prize winning, best-selling French novel. "An unbearable and magnificent novel - on how the ocean of literature breaks against the silence of childhood", Le Nouvel Observateur

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