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The girl who reads on the métro / Christine Féret-Fleury ; translated from the French by Ros Schwartz.

Féret-Fleury, Christine, (author.). Schwartz, Ros, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library FER (Text) 33500013145610 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library FER (Text) 33500013145628 New Checked out 03/13/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250315427
  • ISBN: 1250315425
  • Physical Description: 175 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in France in 2017 as La Fille qui lisait dans le métro by Editions Denoël"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-175).
Summary, etc.:
"In the vein of Amélie and The Little Paris Bookshop, a modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter. Juliette leads a perfectly ordinary life in Paris, working a slow office job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her métro rides across the city and the stories she dreams up about the strangers reading books across from her: the old lady, the math student, the amateur ornithologist, the woman in love, the girl who always tears up at page 247. One morning, avoiding the office for as long as she can, Juliette finds herself on a new block, in front of a rusty gate wedged open with a book. Unable to resist, Juliette walks through, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Before she realizes entirely what is happening, Juliette agrees to become a passeur, Soliman's name for the booksellers he hires to take stacks of used books out of his store and into the world, using their imagination and intuition to match books with readers. Suddenly, Juliette's daydreaming becomes her reality, and when Soliman asks her to move in to their store to take care of Zaide while he goes away, she has to decide if she is ready to throw herself headfirst into this new life. Big-hearted, funny, and gloriously zany, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is a delayed coming-of-age story about a young woman who dares to change her life, and a celebration of the power of books to unite us all"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Note:
Translated from the French.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    *Starred Review* Juliette often finds herself gazing around the crowded subway cars of the Paris Métro, filled with commuters, students, and families. She's especially drawn to the people who are reading, their entire beings focused on their books. Juliette hasn't felt consumed by anything lately; her real-estate job is uneventful, and her romantic life is painfully quiet. Until she stumbles into a used bookstore run by Soliman, an eccentric introvert with a charmingly extroverted young daughter, Zaide. Juliette and Soliman become fast friends and business partners, and Juliette falls deep into Soliman's world of pairing the perfect book with the perfect person. When Soliman suddenly disappears, Juliette has to decide how to care for Zaide and the bookstore, and how much of herself she's willing to give to his literary mission. Féret-Fleury's first novel published in English will speak to fans of Nina George and Kate Atkinson, and any reader who loves getting lost in a secondhand bookshop. The author's love of the written word comes through on from every page. Relatively light on plot but packed with atmosphere, this ode to finding the right book at the right time comes with its own suggested reading list for those hoping to widen their literary horizons. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Christine Féret-Fleury is an author based in France. The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is her first book to be translated into English and is being published around the world.

Subject: Books and reading > Fiction.
Booksellers and bookselling > Fiction.
Paris (France) > Fiction.
FICTION / Women.
FICTION / Romance / Contemporary.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Novels.

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