What could have happened if…
With the start of the school year fast approaching, we thought that one last little summer reading would probably be appreciated. Virginie Grimaldi's new novel couldn't have come at a better time.
Jeanne Perrin was married for nearly 50 years to Pierre , the man of her life. She suspected that he was going to die one day, except that she never imagined it would happen so soon.
At 74 years old, now a widow, Jeanne must therefore learn to steer her boat solo. Which will be far from obvious, his financial situation being particularly precarious. But whatever happens, there is no question of selling the four-room apartment that Pierre and she bought at the end of the 1960s in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Because it was their apartment, and because she can still smell the smell of his pipe tobacco there…
That said, Jeanne is not the only one going through a difficult time. Théo, 18, doesn't really have a home anymore. Since he dropped out of school to work in a bakery, he sleeps in the subway or in the back seat of the old clunker he was able to afford with his savings of some 200 euros. As for Iris, 33, she is literally pulling the devil by the tail: her job as a carer barely covers the costs of the studio which she rents by the week.
He doesn't It's not very difficult to guess that these two will find refuge with Jeanne. And little by little, these three roommates will have no more secrets for each other.
The banner on the cover page emphasizes that Virginie Grimaldi is the most widely read French novelist. Even if it is still difficult to pinpoint the reasons, we must recognize that this book really reads itself.
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A Helen of Troy, modern times< /p>
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