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“Clever and gripping, The 6:41 to Paris offers an intimate look at what happens when, during a fateful meeting, two old flames are unexpectedly forced to face their lives and the choices they’ve made in the past. Through his masterful use of a dual narrative, Blondel takes the reader on an intense emotional journey, and, as the train rumbles down the tracks, the suspense builds. Unputdownable.” —Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir
authors on tour Winner of the 2001 French Human Rights Prize, French-Iranian author Fariba Hachtroudi's English-language debut explores themes as old as time: the crushing effects of totalitarianism and the infinite power of love.
Many believe economic growth is incompatible with ecological preservation. Green Capital challenges this argument by shifting our focus away from the scarcity of raw materials and toward the deterioration of the great natural regulatory functions (such as the climate system, the water cycle, and biodiversity).
authors on tour Colin Giraud is a sociology professor at the University of Nanterre. His research focuses on urban and gender sociology, with special interest in the sociopolitical effects of the reorganized Western metropolis. Quartiers gays, published in 2014, compiles his research on these subjects in France and North America.
authors on tour Elisabeth Lebovici is a French art historian, critic, journalist, and lecturer at Sciences-Po in Paris. Her work grapples with gender and sexuality, as well as the relationships between feminism, queer theory, art history, and contemporary art. She is also the author of several monographs on contemporary artists and teaches at EHESS and Sciences-Po, Paris.
authors on tour Maylis de Kerangal's last novel, The Heart, is published in USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her writing has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. The style of her prose is rich and innovative, playing with different registers (from highly literary to colloquial slang), inventing words, and playing with speed and tension through grammatical ellipsis and elision.
The Owner's Manual is the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework. Delisle's effortless pacing and witty punch lines reign supreme here, making each vignette zip along to its conclusion.