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Billie

By Anna Gavalda, Jennifer Rappaport

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: United States, 12 March 2015
Billie is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, willing to do anything to escape her abusive family and the desperate poverty they live in. Franck is a bright and sensitive boy damaged by a bigoted father and a mother anesthetised by anti-depressants. Ostracised and bullied at school, they find each other when a drama project requires them to perform an iconic piece of French literature...The story of their friendship is told by Billie in flashbacks, when she and Franck are trapped in the Cevennes Mountains.

About the Author

Born 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 is also the author of Someone I Loved and the international bestseller Hunting and Gathering (Riverhead, 2007), which was made into a film starring Audrey Tautou and Daniel Auteuil. Gavalda lives in Paris. Jennifer Rappaport received a BA in English and French from Vassar College and an MA in comparative literature from New York University, where she was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French government. A former editor at Oxford University Press and the New Press, she is currently a freelance editor and translator in New York.

Reviews

The work is a testament to Gavalda s fine storytelling skills, which remain true even in the books translation into English. -"Minneapolis Star Tribune"" Praise for Billie -Billie is a revelation! It's Gavalda's finest noel yet.---France 2 -The work is a testament to Gavalda's fine storytelling skills, which remain true even in the books' translation into English.- - Minneapolis Star Tribune -Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vie are irresistible.---Marie Claire (France) -A sensitive, delicate, funny, immensley readable story.---Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2 -Gavalda's books have both wit and a whimsical charm.---The Sunday Telegraph -Gavalda has tapped into a mood that many people share.---The Independent -Anna Gavalda's novels make her a distant cousin of Dorothy Parker.---Vioci -Precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, and an intoxicating mix of nostalgia and pure joy make Anna Gavalda a unique author.---Le Figaro Praise for Billie "Billie is a revelation! It's Gavalda's finest noel yet."--France 2 "The work is a testament to Gavalda's fine storytelling skills, which remain true even in the books' translation into English." - Minneapolis Star Tribune "Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vie are irresistible."--Marie Claire (France) "A sensitive, delicate, funny, immensley readable story."--Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2 "Gavalda's books have both wit and a whimsical charm."--The Sunday Telegraph "Gavalda has tapped into a mood that many people share."--The Independent "Anna Gavalda's novels make her a distant cousin of Dorothy Parker."--Vioci "Precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, and an intoxicating mix of nostalgia and pure joy make Anna Gavalda a unique author."--Le Figaro "Sensitive, funny tale, immensely readable..."Billie" is a revelation! It is an incredibly delicate novel, Gavalda's finest yet."--Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2 "The qualities that make Anna Gavalda such a unique author include precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, an intoxicating mix of nostalgia, and joy."--"Le Figaro" "Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vie are irresistible."--"Marie Claire "(France)

EAN: 9781609452490
ISBN: 1609452496
Publisher: Europa Editions
Dimensions: 20.83 x 12.95 x 1.52 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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