Title: The Little Paris Bookshop
Author: Nina George
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me through the publisher by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Do you love books? Do you love nuanced, flawed characters? Spontaneous adventures? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Little Paris Bookshop is for you!
Jean Perdu loves his floating bookshop, The Literary Apothecary. So much so, in fact, that all he does is sell people books. But when he decides to go out searching for a lost love, he realizes that he may just end up finding her, and himself.
This book was magical, in that it was beautiful. Every character that you come across is funny, flawed, and human, and the love of books is papable--it jumps off the page at you. I loved everything about this novel--Nina George understands the human condition, if you'll pardon such grandiose phrasing. The characters that populate this novel, Jean Perdu, the man so numb he perfers books to people, Max Jordan, the young author lost in Paris trying to find himself, Manon, Jean Perdu's lost lover, Samy, the young drifter, and Salvo, the Neopolatian chef, all are flawed and beautiful and human. That's what sells me on a novel: the characters must feel like real people to me, and this book did that beautifully.
The bottom line: A treat for lovers of all things literary, The Little Paris Bookshop sparkles like the City of Light herself. Next on deck: Song for an Approaching Storm by Peter Hoeberg Idling!