The Little French Bistro

The Little French Bistro

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as “the end of the world.” There, Marianne is swept up by a new life at Ar Mor (the Sea) restaurant. She meets Yann, the handsome painter; Geneviève, the fiery restaurant owner; Jean-Rémy, the heartbroken chef; and many others. Among food, music, and laughter, Marianne finds a forgotten version of herself--passionate, carefree, and powerful. That is, until her past comes calling. And when it does, Marianne is left with a choice: to return to the known or cast it aside for the future.
Publisher: New York : Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 0451495586 (hardcover)
9780451495587 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC GEORGE
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator

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aecranesmith
May 19, 2018

I had a hard time getting started with this book but it was worth it in the end. Slow and gloomy with no hint of a bistro. Be patient. It's a lovely story and well worth trudging through the first 100 pages.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 28, 2017

It is not as easy as one would think to take a complete leap of faith and make a major change when one is in middle age. This story reminded me of 'Britt-Marie Was Here', but serious instead of humorous. One needn't be quite so dramatic as having to jump into the river and end it all, but still, we are glad to cheer Marianne on to awakening to herself.

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IrishMoon
Aug 31, 2017

I absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed it so much that I'll definitely be reading other works by this author. I was particularly impressed with the manner in which the author explored a complicated character whom many may believe should have figured out her life long before she was 60 years old. Being in my 60's, I can vouch for the reality of the feelings she went through, as so many women my age were raised with the belief that it was wrong to make choices for our own benefit, rather than deferring to everyone else's needs. I highly recommend it.

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jeffreyochsner
Aug 26, 2017

This book was OK, but not great. The Little Paris Bookshop was very good, and this one seemed to be trying to tell a similar story (of rediscovery of self), except that the characters were less believable. It just did not ring true to me. I wanted to love it, but it left me cold.

DCPL_Christine Jul 20, 2017

A different twist on a story. I especially liked the "conquering" aspect. I was able to put it down and get right back into the story. The ending seemed to drag out a bit, it could have ended a couple of times before it finally did.

debwalker Jul 12, 2017

Getting back the life you were supposed to have...in France.

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SaturdayLibrarian
Jun 28, 2017

There were so many good moments in this book that made for such an enjoyable read. Who hasn't wanted to disappear from their life as they know it and start anew? The characters and setting were just superb.

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