Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda

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Three oddballs form an alternative family in Paris; its warm heart and youthful vibe have made Gavalda’s novel, originally published in France in 2004, a bestseller in that country and elsewhere.
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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.
 

About Anna Gavalda

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Anna Gavalda is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author, widely regarded as one of France's newest literary stars. A former high school French teacher and mother of two, she lives outside Paris and is at work on her second novel.
 
Published April 3, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 482 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 03 2008

Three oddballs form an alternative family in Paris; its warm heart and youthful vibe have made Gavalda’s novel, originally published in France in 2004, a bestseller in that country and elsewhere.

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Reviewed by Kirsty Lang on May 21 2008

Her latest novel, Hunting and Gathering, is a charming optimistic fable about two quintessentially Gallic subjects - food and sex - which has been at the top of the bestseller charts in France since its publication last year.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Reviewed by Michael McGirr on Aug 17 2008

The beauty of this book is the fragility of its characters. For a time, they appear too timid to let us get to know them.

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Independent.ie

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Reviewed by Angela M Cornyn on Jul 30 2008

Gradually, they become family to each other and are strengthened by the sense of belonging. Eventually, their faltering struggle for survival is transformed by love.

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