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Hunting and Gathering (original 2004; edition 2007)
by Anna Gavalda
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159448144X, Paperback)
Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the "humanity and wit" (Marie Claire) that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother, this curious, damaged quartet may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.
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Camille is doing her best to disappear. She barely eats, works at night as a cleaner, and lives in a tinyattic room. Philibert Marquet de La Durbelliere is a stammering, erudite aristocrat who sells postcards outside a museum. One evening, he overcomes his own execruciating reticence to rescue Camille, unconscious, from her freezing garret, and install her in the large, ornate apartment he is taking care of downstairs. He already has an unlikely flatmate--the foulmouthed, talented young chef Franck, who is made more obnoxious by guilt about his beloved grandmother--who in turn forms an unlikely bond with hes new friends. Apart, they may be hopeless, but together, this curious, damaged little quartet may be able to face the world.
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