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Life, Only Better

Category: Book
By (author): Gavalda, Anna
Translated By: Kover, Tina
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / In Translation / French
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: November 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.30in x 5.30in x 0.70in
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From The Publisher*Mathilde is twenty-four. She has abandoned her studies in art history in lieu of a menial job and lives in a house she shares with twin sisters.  One day she forgets her bag in a café and a week later an unknown man returns it to her. Following this encounter, Mathilde decides to throw caution to the wind and change her life entirely.
Yann is twenty-six, a university graduate, unemployed. There may be better days ahead. Perhaps. While waiting for them, he works as a sales assistant in a home appliances store. He wouldn't say he is unhappy. But sometimes when he is crossing a bridge over the Seine River at night, he imagines jumping.  One day he does a favor for one of his neighbors and is asked to stay for dinner as thanks. The following morning Yann throws caution to the wind and decides to change his life entirely.
These two novellas by best-selling author Anna Gavalda's are among her most moving and inspiring. Love in this book is a fragile emotion, easily ruined and eternally subject to the choices one makes in life. Gavalda's great gift is in her ability to reach readers who will feel as if she is addressing them directly in a voice that is inventive, forceful, yet intimate. Life, Only Better is a touching cleverly crafted book about choices and their consequences.
Review Quote*"Both stories have a sentimental streak, but Ms. Gavalda, a best-selling author in her native France, puts them across with charm."-The New York Times

"This is an effervescent book, comprised of two equally well-rounded stories. Mathilde and Yann feel like old friends by the end of each story."-New York Journal of Books

"With writing this beautiful and charming, and heartbreakingly sincere, Gavalda makes the journey well worth the effort."-The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Praise fo
r Anna Gavalda

"The qualities that make Anna Gavalda unique include precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, an intoxicating mix of nostalgia, and a capacity for joy."-Le Figaro

"Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vivre are irresistible."
-Marie Claire (France) 

"A sensitive, delicate, funny, immensely readable story...Billie is a revelation!"
-Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2 

"Her simplicity, warmth, and desire to share is amazing...Honest and open, alternating swift statements that stick in the mind with secret confessions, generous and radiant, Anna Gavalda is simply awesome."-Bookseller, France 
Biographical NoteBorn in Paris in 1970, Anna Gavalda's first published work was the critically acclaimed collection of short stories I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, which sold over half a million copies in her native France and was published in the US by Riverhead in 2003. She has since published 95 Pounds of Hope (Viking, 2003) and Someone I Loved (Riverhead, 2005), both of which have been bestsellers in Europe. Her international bestselling novel Hunting and Gathering (Riverhead, 2007) was made into a film starring Audrey Tatou and Daniel Auteil. Gavalda's novels and short stories have been translated into over forty languages. She lives in Paris.