I love "The Red Notebook."
This very fast read by Antoine Laurain is just a delightful story about a Parisian man who finds the purse of a woman who has been mugged, her ID stolen. But the other items in the purse provide clues that fascinate him and he becomes determined to find her to return the bag.
It's all so simple. Yet so wonderful.
Blogger Lynne of Irish Garden House introduced me to this book and I'm curious to read others by Laurain.
A bit about the author -- he has written several novels, including "The Portrait" and the acclaimed "The President's Hat." But he's also a screenwriter, journalist and has a passion for art (and antique key collecting) that once led him to working in the Parisian antiques business.
For more about him, visit his website HERE.
Or check out this article in The Guardian.
Although I haven't finished either of them yet, I'll also throw in "so far, so excellent!" reviews for two other books with a Paris theme.
"Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet Magazine" is an outstanding collection of articles from the one-time great cooking magazine, Gourmet, by a number of writers. Topics cover not only food but a visit to House of Dior, a visit to Cartier, and more. I'm about half through it and it is a book to savor, with wonderful writing that covers Paris from the war years and beyond.
The other is "The Alice Network." This is a fiction book by Kate Quinn. Two women come together in 1947. One is a nineteen-year-old American searching for her cousin who disappeared in France in World War II. The other is a wreck of a woman who was a spy in World War I who ends up helping her. Again, about half through and captivated as the journey through France for clues continues.
But first, find a copy of "The Red Notebook." And sit back and savor!
This post is part of Paris in July -- a fun blog party hosted by Tamara of Thyme for Tea. You can find more links to books, films, photos, travel notes, food, art and more -- all related to France -- HERE.
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