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French Leave by Anna Gavalda

French Leave (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Anna Gavalda

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Title:French Leave
Authors:Anna Gavalda
Info:Europa Editions (2011), Paperback, 144 pages
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French Leave by Anna Gavalda (2009)



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Gavalda's storIes suit English audiences - this was almost chic lit. I didn't like it; I didn't take to any of the characters. ( )
  jon1lambert | Feb 22, 2014 |
French Leave examines the lives of a group of quirky siblings - Garance, Lola, Simon, and Vincent. It’s told from the first person POV of Garance as she catches a ride with Simon and his wife to a family wedding. At first, it’s a lot of fun with sparkling, silly dialogue though a lot comes at the expense of Carine, Simon’s nagging, shrewish wife. The mishaps pile up as Garance, Simon and Carine make a detour to pick up Lola and the hints of their sad former lives contrast to the cheerful present. The three siblings decide to make a break for it at the wedding and go visit their also-quirky brother Vincent who is working as a chateau tour guide.As the story goes on, there’s perhaps too much adorable-family-quirkiness contrasted to Carine’s stuffy brood and later it gets too sentimental. Fun, but not too memorable. ( )
  DieFledermaus | May 21, 2013 |
Well, it was not worth the 9.50 euros I paid for the 140-pages paperback edition in Greek, in any case. But it was fun, even if it was full of references to French culture that I ignore. And the first part about the silly sister-in-law touched my heart:) But all in all, it seemed more like a few pages taken out of the author's diary than a novel. If I hadn't paid as much money for it as I did, I might even have enjoyed it more, lol! ( )
  faniP | Aug 24, 2012 |
Gavalda's dialogue is pitch-perfect in this slim, funny, poignant story in which nothing seems to happen and yet the story captures and intrigues. ( )
  kellyn | May 16, 2011 |
short, smart, sweet and funny. loved it! ( )
  amanaceerdh | May 10, 2011 |
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Schauwecker, MireilleEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Siblings Simon, Garance, and Lola flee a dull family wedding to visit brother Vincent, who is working as a guide at a ch?ateau in the heart of the charming Tours countryside. For a few hours, they forget about the many demands of adulthood and lose themselves in a day of laughter, teasing, and memories.… (more)

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