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I received a very nice surprise in the mail last week from Reagan Arthur Books for participating in the Reagan Arthur Book Challenge.
Inside a brown envelope, this lovely book was covered in gift wrap (which mirrors an illustration in the book) and a tin of 'Rendez Vous' (sour lemon candy from France) was taped to it. 13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro is a beautifully illustrated novel which will be published in February 2011. The description on the back cover reads:
American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a Frenchwoman who lived through both world wars.This book was accompanied by a lovely note from Reagan Arthur thanking me for taking part in the Reagan Arthur Book Challenge. It's my kind of challenge - there's no pressure at all. If you'd like to participate, click here for more information.
Trevor begins to piece together the story of Louise's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13, rue Thérèse. As Trevor becomes enamored of the charming, feisty Louise of his imagination, he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: his clerk, Josianne, who planted the mysterious box in his office and with whom he finds he is falling in love.