A Novel Bookstore

by Laurence Cossé, Alison Anderson

Ivan, a one-time world traveler, and Francesca, a ravishing Italian heiress, are the owners of a bookstore that is anything butordinary.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.52 out of 5
  • Published August 31st 2010 by Europa Editions
  • Original Title: Au Bon Roman
  • ISBN: 1933372826 (ISBN13: 9781933372822)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Prix Drouot (2009)
  • French-American Foundation Translation Prize Nominee for Fiction (2010)

Ivan, a one-time world traveler, and Francesca, a ravishing Italian heiress, are the owners of a bookstore that is anything but ordinary. Rebelling against the business of bestsellers and in search of an ideal place where their literary dreams can come true, Ivan and Francesca open a store where the passion for literature is given free reign. Tucked away in a corner of Paris, the store offers its clientele a selection of literary masterpieces chosen by a top-secret committee of likeminded literary connoisseurs. To their amazement, after only a few months, the little dream store proves a success. And that is precisely when their troubles begin. At first, both owners shrug off the anonymous threats that come their way and the venomous comments concerning their store circulating on the Internet, but when three members of the supposedly secret committee are attacked, they decide to call the police. One by one, the pieces of this puzzle fall ominously into place, as it becomes increasingly evident that Ivan and Francesca’s dreams will be answered with pettiness, envy and violence.