Alexander's newest novel is Fudge and Jury.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I picked it up at my favorite bookshop a few months ago because the title struck me as did this introduction: “Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs. Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.”Visit Ellie Alexander's website.
How could I not immediately fall in love with a novel centered around the power of books? There’s something magical about the concept of finding the perfect book to heal or transform. It’s as if each of us has a book soulmate. The right words destined to change our lives are floating out there waiting for us to discover them. So I snapped up a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop and couldn’t wait to dive in.
But before I could start reading I had a stack of other books that I had to finish. The Little Paris Bookshop kept calling, but I put it on hold while reviewing a friend’s debut and slogging through a pile of non-fiction research for a new project that I’m working on. In hindsight, I’m glad that I had to wait for the right time to read George’s novel because sometimes books find us exactly when we need them.
The Little Paris Bookshop isn’t a flashy read. In fact, it’s quite slow moving much like it’s protagonist Monsieur Perdu. He has spent his entire life tethered to a dock on the Seine. While he can easily prescribe a book that is guaranteed to change the course of a reader’s life, his own journey has been stagnant. His growth is slow and painful. Grief and loss have left him without a compass, and it’s not until he sets himself free—literally and figuratively—that he’s able to find a new direction.
I loved the quiet pace of this book, the evolution of growth, and the poetic prose. The writing was hauntingly beautiful which is always a feat, but even more so in this case because the original work was written in German and translated into English. I dog-eared several passages that resonated and brought me to tears. The Little Paris Bookshop is a universal story about brokenness and how sometimes a broken heart can crack us open in the best and most unexpected ways. It’s about human connections, a long-lasting love affair with words, and a book that I will return to again and again.
My Book, The Movie: Fudge and Jury.
The Page 69 Test: Fudge and Jury.