Delicacy by David Foenkinos
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Reminiscent of novels by Nick Hornby, Muriel Barbery, and Jonathan Tropper,internationally acclaimed novelist David Foenkinosdelivers a heartfelt and deftly comedic tale of new love brightening the darkaftermath of loss—and of wounded hearts finding refuge in the strangest ofplaces. After her husband’s unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortressaround her emotions—and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knightin shining armor. Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins betweenthese two mismatched, complex souls, and contrary to everything Natalie knowsof affection, her perfect suitor may turn out to be love’s most unlikelycandidate—the fool, not the hero, who is finally able to reach her heart.

About David Foenkinos

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David Foenkinos is a French novelist and screenwriter. His novels have been translated into fifteen languages and garnered awards around the world; The Erotic Potential of My Wife won the coveted Prix Roger-Nimier in 2004, and in 2009, Delicacy garnered nominations for all five major French literary prizes-the first novel ever to have done so. David lives in Paris.
Published February 14, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 250 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She likes Markus because he’s funny and doesn’t try to pressure her, and Markus can’t believe his luck at landing the most beautiful woman at work.

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Natalie and Francois fall deeply in love over a quick drink of apricot juice (the perfect first lunch date drink) following a chance sidewalk encounter.

Feb 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Delicacy: A Novel

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But then they’ll drop the quirks altogether and watch quietly as Tautou stumbles across the book she was reading when she heard the news about the accident, or they’ll spend time with Tautou and her best friend, who’s worried that she can’t tell Tautou about her pregnancy without upsetting her.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Delicacy: A Novel

The Telegraph

As it is, this is a cookie-cutter-kooky office romance in which the recently widowed Nathalie (Audrey Tautou, her waist nipped in like a fire ant’s thorax) becomes romantically involved with Markus (François Damiens), a colleague who is older, fatter, balder and Swedish.

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Dallas News

A footnote to this chapter asks the reader to imagine Natalie as Audrey Tautou and her lunch companion, Chloé, as Mélanie Bernier — in reality, both happen to be the lead actresses of the movie version of this book.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

The film never ventures into deep water with the concept of how those who knew Francois will react to Markus, or the idea that Nathalie may be deliberately looking for someone safe who will dedicate himself to her, but it has a feel for how these two people might come to love one another that is ...

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The Columbus Dispatch

A few months after she returns to work following a period of mourning, she impulsively gives Markus, whom she barely knows, “a long, intense kiss, the intensely adolescent kind,” which leaves Markus feeling “that kiss was one giant leap for mankind — for him.” What follows is a sublimely awkward...

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The New Zealand Herald

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Spirituality & Practice

"Sadness is essential because it makes you more susceptible to feeling things fully," Cynthia Kneen has written.

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Time Out New York

Apparently engaged in a heroic quest to fulfill France’s export quota for genial, nondescript romances all by her lonesome, Audrey Tautou plays a widow taking halting steps toward love in David and Stéphane Foenkinos’s adaptation of the former’s novel.

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Time Out New York

More than a decade since ‘Amélie’, Audrey Tautou remains a captivating yet elusive screen presence.

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Slant Magazine

Such devices murder any genuine sentiment or comedy, and though Damiens makes for a moderately palatable oddball, Tautou pouts, frets, and struts about with an air of arrogance that's encouraged by the story, in which friends and coworkers are either head-over-heels smitten with Nathalie or, as w...

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Red Online

A quirky and beautiful novel that brings the notion of delicacy to life in a way that makes us realize that this rare quality is undervalued in the present age.

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Ken Greenleaf

For the viewer, if not for Nathalie, who lapses into mourning, puts in remorseless hours at work, ignores the advances of her boss, and then one day kisses Markus (Francois Damiens, a kind of Seth Rogen with subtitles), the dorkiest guy in the office.

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The ensemble is also impressive, including Bruno Todeschini as Nathalie's pushy boss, Ariane Ascaride as Nathalie's mom, and de Meaux, who breathes some life into a stock best-friend role.

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